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Catalonia and Portugal

The Iberian Peninsula from the periphery

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Edited By Flocel Sabaté and Luís Adão Da Fonseca

Between 2010 and 2013 the European Science Foundation project «Cuius Regio» undertook a study of the reasons for cohesion of some European regions, including the analysis of the ways for cohesion of two peripherical Iberian entities: Portugal and Catalonia. A scientific meeting held in Lleida in 2012 facilitated the collection of contributions from outstanding researchers in order to analyse how specific identities in the periphery of the Iberian Peninsula were created in the Middle Ages and how they evolved until the 19 th century. History, Literature and Language are being discussed in this book in order to understand the reasons for creating specific territorial identities and also to compare their different evolutions, that have resulted in different political realities in our current times.
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Iberian identities – some final remarks

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Dick E. H. DE BOER

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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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