Galicia, the region in the northwest corner of Spain contiguous with Portugal, is officially known as the Autonomous Community of Galicia. It is recognized as one of the historical nationalities making up the Spanish state, as legitimized by the Spanish Constitution of 1978. Although Galicia and Portugal belong to different states, there are frequent allusions to their similarities. This study compares topographic and ethnographic descriptions of Galicia and Portugal from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to understand how the integration into different states and the existence of nationalist discourses resulted in marked differences in the historical representations of these two bordering regions of the Iberian Peninsula. The author explores the role of the imagination in creating a sense, over the last century and a half, of the national being and becoming of these two related peoples.
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
"Imagination and intrigue guide the reader through the tour de force that is Two Sides of one River... [It] presents an academic encounter for scholars and those passionate about national identity creation through historiography, anecdote, scholarly research, and exceptional and extensive layering. It is a must-read for those who intend to know the true nature of the Galician nation and the identity of Portugal among its counterparts in the Iberian Peninsula." * Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
"Medeiros gives us a series of careful, multiple readings of past and present activities of Galician nationalists. His ethnography is fine-grained..., and his analysis is subtle, close,a bit like his writerly style... This is a splendid, intricate ethnography, in an interesting series, dedicated to the translation of European ethnographies into English." * Anthropological Forum