Instability in Territorial Tensions Between Catalonia and Spain

Instability in Territorial Tensions Between Catalonia and Spain

Modern day Spain is faced with many territorial tensions. The Spanish government works by governing the region as a state of autonomies, as discussed in class. This type of governmental system is extremely decentralized, where the right to self-govern is practiced by 17 autonomous communities and two autonomous cities all reporting to the Spanish central government. For some regions in Spain, this system remains stable and efficient. But for others, the regions are plagued with separatist ideas and territorial tensions.
More specifically, in the northeastern region of Spain, Catalonia has been trying to break away ...

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regions, and the Crown of Aragon ruled in the eastern regions, including, Catalonia. There had been a political union between the Aragon regions since 1137, and Catalonia had been gaining economic and political control in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In 1469, the two kingdoms were united through the marriage of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, thus creating what would eventually become modern day Spain. The two regions, Castile and Aragon, held different political, social and economic ideas until King Charles 1 came into power in 1516 (Imperial Spain: Castille and Aragon).
However this unification of the Iberian Peninsula was the beginning of a the struggle between Catalonia and Spain. Through out the 15[th], 17[th] and 18[th] century there was instability in territorial tensions. In the 19[th] century there was somewhat of a rebirth of Catalonia. Catalonia was the leader of industrialization in Spain during this circa. There was also a cultural ...

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and ushered in the reign of dictator Franco, the Catalan autonomy deteriorated. As discussed in class, the Catalan language, government organizations and culture, such as its anthem and flag were all banned. Franco declared, "the state shall regain the powers of legislation and enforcement that correspond to it in the common-law territories and the services that were transferred to the region of Catalonia" (Government of Catalonia). Franco as dictator ushered in an age of censorship for Spain. This only drove the Catalans towards separatist feelings more, as they felt that their national identity was being suppressed. Although Franco appeared to be leading a stable, unified government, ...

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Added: 6/17/2019 04:40:32 PM
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Category: Political Science
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