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Inventing the modern region

Basque identity and the French nation-state

By Talitha Ilacqua

Inventing the modern region
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  • ISBN: 9781526169259
  • Publish Date: Feb 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526169242
  • Publish Date: Mar 2024
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    This book explores the process by which the French Basque country acquired a folkloric regional identity in the long nineteenth century. It argues that, despite its origins in pre-modern customs, this stereotypical identity was invented as part of France's process of nation-building. The abolition of privileges in 1789 prompted a new interest in local culture as the defining feature of provincial France, shaping the transition from the pre-'modern' province to the 'modern' region. The relationship between the region and the nation, however, was difficult. Regional culture favoured the integration of the French Basque provinces into the French nation-state but also challenged the authority of the central state. As a result, Basque region-building reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the unitary model of French nationhood, in the nineteenth century as well as today.

    Contents

    Introduction: region- and nation-building in nineteenth-century Europe
    1 Adapting the Revolution
    2 Basque soldiers in a French nation
    3 Liberty, liberties and legitimism in the First Carlist War
    4 Euskara or the spirit of the Basque nation
    5 Inventing a Basque literary tradition
    6 Euskara or challenges to the French nation
    7 'The other within': ideas of progress and decline in Basque travel writing
    8 Reversing the 'tourist gaze'
    Conclusion: a Basque region in a French nation
    Index

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    Talitha Ilacqua is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Yale University and the University of Venice

    Inventing the modern region

    By Talitha Ilacqua

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