Modern Basque History: Eighteenth Century to the Present
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This book outlines the evolution of Basque society during the modern period. It traces the interrelated histories of the Basque Country, France, Spain and Europe following significant themes such as industrialization, migration, and political violence. It focuses on the survival of a specifically Basque identity amid the tremendous social, economic, political and cultural transformations of the last two hundred years. Cameron Watson contends that there are general lessons to be learned from Basque historical experience, beyond the specific story of this small land in a corner of western Europe. By addressing the topic from a principally cultural focus, he highlights the paradoxical survival of a premodern culture in the modern age and the lessons this serves for Europe's postmodern future.