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What qualifies as Spanish culture?
The State, autonomous communities and the culture wars
in Following Franco
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What is the relationship between culture, the State and democratisation during and after the Franco regime? The different sections of this book have responded to this question in different ways and reveal, both individually and collectively, how, in a radically divided society, one of the few things almost everyone in Spain is in agreement about is the civilising force of art and knowledge. This final chapter unpicks the ideological stakes at play in competing definitions of culture, as well as establishing genealogies to understand better how and why the toxic philanthropy of the late dictatorship period bequeathed a heuristic legacy of ideological and aesthetic veneration. The decolonisation of Equatorial Guinea and the Spanish Sahara is critically analysed alongside the matter of whether Castile can be said to have colonised other parts of Spain. The autonomous regions discussed include, but are not limited to, Andalusia, Valencia, the Canary Islands and Castile La Mancha.

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Following Franco

Spanish culture and politics in transition, 1962–92


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