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Author Friend, Julius Weis.

Title Stateless nations : western European regional nationalisms and the old nations / Julius W. Friend
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 212 pages)
Contents Introduction -- Scotland -- Wales -- Catalonia -- The Basque Country and Galicia -- Flanders, with or without Belgium -- The French exception -- Carriers of identity -- The stateless nations and the European Union -- Conclusion
Scotland -- Wales -- Catalonia -- The Basque Country and Galicia -- Flanders, with or Without Belgium -- The French Exception -- Carriers of Identity -- The Stateless Nations and the European Union -- Conclusion
Summary Why are regional nationalisms threatening the old nations? Stateless Nations explores why Scotland may demand independence, changing the makeup of the United Kingdom to the 1603 Union of Crowns. Wales too wants more autonomy. Catalonia emphasizes its distinctive language and institutions against opposition from centralists in Madrid but does not want separation from Spain. Basque terrorism is waning, but Basque nationalism remains powerful. Nationalism in Flanders has brought Belgium to the verge of breakup; a country once centralized, then federal is now merely confederal. France is the great exception, where centralist ideology and practice have greatly inhibited regional nationalism. This book looks at the historical roots of modern regional nationalism, examining the roles of language, religion, and institutions as 'carriers of identity' over long periods of time, then focuses on the situations of today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Central-local government relations -- Europe, Western -- History.
Group identity -- Europe, Western -- History.
Nationalism -- Europe, Western -- History.
Regionalism -- Europe, Western -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012010275
ISBN 1137008202 (electronic bk.)
9781137008206 (electronic bk.)