Book review: Barcelona, the left and the independence movement in Catalonia, by Richard Gillespie, Abingdon, Oxon and New York, Routledge, 2019, 129 pp., £45 (hardback), ISBN 9781857439625, £15 (ebook), ISBN 9781351046879


In Barcelona, the Left and the Independence Movement in Catalonia, Richard Gillespie, Emeritus Professor of Politics, ‘examines the extent to which the political project of the Comuns has brought radical change in Barcelona’, as well as ‘consider[ing] the prospects of the Comuns growing beyond the city’ (2). The book constitutes the first in-depth academic study of the Comuns’ emergence, strategy, achievements and shortcomings to date and is extremely thorough in its account, thanks to the author’s meticulous grasp of both the history of the left (in all its forms) across Spain and the nature of pro-sovereignty politics in Catalonia.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > English Languages and Applied Linguistics
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Published Date: 2020-03-04
Published Online Date: 2020-03-04
Accepted Date: 2020-03-01
Authors: Gray, Caroline (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8634-1468)



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