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“Words take on different meanings at different times” (John H. Elliot)

Author’s words: John H. Elliot (England, 1930), historian and hispanist, in the Introduction of his latest book “Scots and Catalans. Union & Disunion” : “Words take on different meanings at different times and concepts that once seemed fixed can  overnight become fluid.”

The author argues in the introduction to his new book that “nations imagine themselves in different forms at different historical moments, adding or subtracting something of their own image that has been created and prioritizing a particular aspect, or several aspects, to the expenses of others. “

John H. Elliot, Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences of 1996, presented his latest book in Spain “Catalanes y escoceses. Unión y discordia “(Taurus) in the Rafael del Pino Foundation in a dialogue with the also Spanish historian José Álvarez Junco.

In an interview with EFE, the 88-year-old British Hispanist, born in Reading, “regius professor” of Modern History at the University of Oxford and member of a number of Academies and Scientific Societies, describes the program as “complete indoctrination” of Catalanization undertaken by Jordi Pujol in 1980 and says that it’s “now bearing fruit”.

Elliot warns that each society has its myths and are important to give coherence to society, but also provide the possibility of manipulating history.

“Modern Catalan separatism, indeed, wants to present separatism, independence, as something progressive (progressive)”, without taking into account other aspects of history, he explains.

John H. Elliot has written, among others, + The Rebellion of the Catalans + (1963), + Imperial Spain + (1963), + The Old World and the New + (1970), + A Palace for the King + (1980), + Richelieu and Olivares + (1984) and + Conde Duque de Olivares + (1990), The Old World and the New” (2011) and “History in the making” (2012).

EFE/Practica Español


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