Historia Patria: Politics, History, and National Identity in Spain, 1875-1975

Princeton University Press, 27 jul. 1997 - 358 páginas

Beginning with the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1875 and ending with the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975, this book explores the intersection of education and nationalism in Spain. Based on a broad range of archival and published sources, including parliamentary and ministerial records, pedagogical treatises and journals, teachers' manuals, memoirs, and a sample of over two hundred primary and secondary school textbooks, the study examines ideological and political conflict among groups of elites seeking to shape popular understanding of national history and identity through the schools, both public and private.

A burgeoning literature on European nationalisms has posited that educational systems in general, and an instrumentalized version of national history in particular, have contributed decisively to the articulation and transmission of nationalist ideologies. The Spanish case reveals a different dynamic. In Spain, a chronically weak state, a divided and largely undemocratic political class, and an increasingly polarized social and political climate impeded the construction of an effective system of national education and the emergence of a consensus on the shape and meaning of the Spanish national past. This in turn contributed to one of the most striking features of modern Spanish political and cultural life--the absence of a strong sense of Spanish, as opposed to local or regional, identity. Scholars with interests in modern European cultural politics, processes of state consolidation, nationalism, and the history of education will find this book essential reading.


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The Spanish Educational System and Its Critics 18571900
National Regeneration and Educational Reform 18981923
History Invented History Education and the Liberal State
History Remembered Catholic Integrism and the Sacralization of the National Past
History Recovered Rafael Altamira and National Regeneration
The Primo de Rivera Dictatorship 19231930 The Origins of National Catholicism
History and the Creation of a Republican Civic Culture 19311936
History as Therapy The Franquist Dictatorship 19361953
Historical Amnesia The Franco Regime 19531975
History and National Identity
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Carolyn P. Boyd is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Praetorian Politics in Liberal Spain.

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