On September 11, 2012, on Catalonia’s National Day, 1.5 million people from all over Catalonia marched peacefully and joyfully through the streets of Barcelona, behind a single placard: Catalonia: New State in Europe. Fifteen days later, President Artur Mas called snap elections for the Parliament of Catalonia, in order to hold a referendum that would let the people of Catalonia decide their own future. The rest of the world and even Spain were caught by surprise, but the events unfolding in Barcelona have been a long time coming.
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In this new book, 35 experts explore Catalonia’s history, economics, politics, language, and culture, in order to explain to the rest of the world the fascinating story behind the march, the new legislature, and the upcoming vote on whether Catalonia will become the next new state in Europe.
"A substantial collection of scholarly articles exploring, and defending, the prospects for Catalonia's independence from Spain ... The essays are largely written by professional academics, though a few are written by European diplomats ... Thematically, this is a broad and diverse assemblage of treatments evaluating the possible economic, political, cultural and educational ramifications of Catalonia's secession from Spain ... The essays amassed are lively, lucid and provocatively puckish, as well as edifying ... this collection is packed with a college course's worth of interesting information ... For either those well versed in the case of Catalonian independence or for the uninitiated, an estimable addition to an increasingly tempestuous debate." – Kirkus Reviews