Catalan Identities: Language, Power and Political Pactism from a Historical Perspective

Pompeu Casanovas Romeu

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In this chapter, we distinguish between three kinds of pactism—early, late and political pactism—to frame the construction of institutional identities in the Catalan culture from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. How is the lack of political power that has characterised contemporary Catalonia related to the engagement with the language which characterises much of Catalan literature from the 20th century? This chapter links the answer to this question to the morphology of political pactism, the building of Spanish modern nation-state , and the ‘reverse nationalism’ adopted by many writers and political thinkers at the decline of Novecentism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Rise of Catalan Identity
Subtitle of host publicationSocial commitment and political engagement in the 20th century
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-18144-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Identity
  • Commitment
  • Legal pactism
  • Political pactism
  • Catalan language
  • Catalan jurists
  • Nationalism
  • State


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