2017 saw Catalonia come under the world's spotlight as it again fought for independence and the preservation and protection of its unique Catalan culture. Answering the questions and complications behind the fight for Catalonian Independence, this book is a detailed guide to the region's political, historical and cultural issues. For the layman as well as the expert, it takes the reader through the rich history of Catalonia - its language, culture and political background - to the present day, covering defining eras of the region from Franco's dictatorship to the 2017 independence referendum and elections.
CHRIS BAMBERY was born in Edinburgh. He is a writer, broadcaster, and television producer. He is a founder member of the International Socialist Group in Scotland. He also worked for the Catalan Delegation to the UK and Ireland. He is the author of Scotland: Class and Nation (1999), A Rebel's Guide to Gramsci (2006), The Second World War: A Marxist History (2013), and A People's History of Scotland (2014). GEORGE KEREVAN was born in Glasgow. He is the former SNP MP for East Lothian and initiated the All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia. He was an accredited international observer during the October 2017 Catalan referendum. He was also a senior lecturer in economics at Napier University in Edinburgh and served nine years as Associate Editor of The Scotsman, where he was chief leader writer. He is a documentary film maker and was executive producer of Fog of Srebrenica which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. He is co-author of Tackling Timorous Economics (2017).