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A Civil War of Words

The Cultural Impact of the Great War in Catalonia, Spain, Europe and a Glance at Latin America


Edited By Xavier Pla, Maximiliano Fuentes and Francesc Montero

The Great War did not only mark the history of the twentieth century: to a large extent, the conflict also affected culture and literature in Europe and the rest of the world. This collection of essays aims to provide the reader with a broad and transdisciplinary perspective on the cultural and political impact of the Great War. Using a comparative approach and focusing on Catalonia and Spain, this volume reflects the enormous variety of representations of the ‘theatre of war’ in both neutral and belligerent countries, causing a significant rejuvenation in fiction and journalistic genres in the subsequent decades.
This book features essays by some of the most important specialists in the First World War from Spain, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Latin America, who, in the centenary of the conflict, provide an innovative critical approach to this crucial event in contemporary history.
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Amadeu Hurtado at the Iberia Magazine: A Mainstay of Catalan Francophilia


This paper is aimed to join the near past and the future of my research. That is to say that it should place the magazine Iberia, formerly the basis of my master’s thesis and published as the book Per França i Anglaterra. La Primera Guerra Mundial dels aliadòfils catalans (Barcelona: Acontravent, 2012), into the intellectual biography of the lawyer, politician, publisher and writer Amadeu Hurtado i Miró, the subject of my doctoral thesis project.

In the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, Amadeu Hurtado (Vilanova i la Geltrú, 1875) is 39 years old. By this time, however, he is already a relevant person in Barcelona and in Catalonia. As a lawyer, graduated just a few years before the century end, and being a paralegal in the office of Odó Martí jurist and industrial who would become his father in law, he acted as the defender of his friend Pere Coromines in the trial known as Processos de Montjuïc after the outrage in the Canvis Nous street. Because of his familiar tradition and his geographical origin (Vilanova i la Geltrú), from very young he had a political significance as a federal republican but his Catalan nationalist convictions and the disappointment with the passivity and lack of ideas of the Federalist Party, caused him to abandon the formation in 1902. Regarding his social life, he associated to the Moral Sciences Section from the Ateneu Barcelonès where he used to be a speaker...

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