History, historiography and the ambiguities of Catalan nationalism


  • Enric Ucelay-Da Cal


In this essay, the author attempts to realise two different and not completely complementary objectives. On the one hand, his intention is to familiarise readers with the dynamics of Catalan history over time, as well as with the ways in which Catalan historians in particular have helped to shape and determine Catalan nationalist discourse. On the other hand, the author has tried to question the obsessively political nature of both national and nationalist historiography, and the numerous contradictions involved, especially when the object of study is as imprecise as any political projection or desire.

Author Biography

Enric Ucelay-Da Cal

Enric Ucelay-Da Cal (1948) is senior professor emeritus of contemporary history in the World History Graduate Programme at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Born and raised in the United States, he earned his PhD at Columbia University in 1969 with a thesis on Catalan radical nationalism in the 1920s and 1930s. He has taught at university level for thirty-eight years, at Spanish universities and abroad. Considered by many as one of the leading scholars on Catalan nationalism, Ucelay-Da Cal has dealt with other subjects like imperialism, populism and political religion. Much of his work may be freely accessed in pdf format at http://enricucelaydacal.weebly.com/.



How to Cite

Ucelay-Da Cal, E. (2013). History, historiography and the ambiguities of Catalan nationalism. Studies on National Movements (SNM), 1, 105-159. Retrieved from https://test.snm.nise.eu/index.php/studies/article/view/0106a