Nationalism, Violence and Democracy: The Basque Clash of Identities

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 24, 2003 - History - 223 pages
Ludger Mees offers the first comprehensive study of one of Europe's most protracted ethnic conflicts. He carefully analyses both the historical roots of the conflict and its later growing violent dimension. Special attention is paid to the framing of a new opportunity structure during the 1990s, which facilitated the first serious, but ultimately frustrated, attempt to broker a settlement. In the light of different theoretical and comparative approaches, the reasons for the dramatic return of terrorism and the possibilities of a more successful conflict de-escalation in the near future are discussed.

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About the author (2003)

LUDGER MEES is a Professor in the Department of Contemporary History at the University of the Basque Country in Spain. As an author and co-author he has published seven books and several articles and book chapters in Spanish, German, Basque and English publications.