The Iberian Peninsula from the periphery
Iberian identities – some final remarks
Dick E. H. DE BOER
The conference that based the present book – in which Catalonia and Portugal both were observed as Iberian regions, or better, in which the Iberian peninsula was treated as a large geological entity, of which Catalonia and Portugal were the periphery – was organized within the framework of the large European Science Foundation project Cuius Regio. This project itself is part of the programme EuroCORECODE. Whereas the programme as a whole aims at acquiring a better understanding of the role and dynamics of regions and regionalism (from their very origins throughout historical times) through a comparative and inter-disciplinary approach, Cuius Regio was designed as a cooperative project, in which the historical developments of a group of eight regions, representing a multi-levelled, cultural, morphological, typological and historical variety, spread over Europe, are compared. This approach will lead to a better understanding of the cohesive and disruptive dynamics of regions over a period of about seven centuries in a “Braudelian” way. The starting point lays around the year 1200, when the process of regional clustering at a larger scale begins to leave its footprints in the written sources at a larger scale. These footprints can be both directly and indirectly; historiography, expressing a regional identity or identification; development of literary and linguistic texts with regional specifics, showing the attachment of people, both as individuals an as groups to a clearly distinguishable territory, or showing the politicizing and institutionalizing of the region...
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