Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Catalonia in the process of constructing the modern Spanish state (16th-18th centuries): An interpretative approach

Antoni Simon i Tarrés


This article offers an interpretative overview of Catalonias difficult and ultimately forcible fit into the Spanish state that emerged in
modern times. More specifically, it is concerned with the approximately 150-year period ranging from the mid-16th century to the
end of the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th century. This articles interpretation of the Spanish states process of political
union is an interpretative counterpoint to the deterministic vision that is so prevalent in Spanish nationalistic historiography.

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