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DisorientationsSpanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity$
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Susan Martin-Marquez

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125207

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125207.001.0001

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Performance Anxieties on the Edge of Fortress Europe

Performance Anxieties on the Edge of Fortress Europe

(p.300) 6 Performance Anxieties on the Edge of Fortress Europe

Susan Martin-Marquez

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This chapter discusses the events surrounding the advent of democratic governance in Spain. When Franco died in 1975, the metropolitan Spaniards scrambled to identify prototypes that would allow them to create a new nation. Their somewhat smooth transition to democratic governance was seen both as surprising and exemplary at that time. It can be assumed that, since Spanish colonialism in Africa had died along with Franco, the Andalusi legacy would no longer play an important role in the imagination of the Iberian nation's identity and destiny. However, Spain's medieval past was once again invoked, as Spaniards have struggled to reconcile centralist and peripheral nationalisms, reconsider their role in the world, and negotiate the significant increase of immigrants.

Keywords:   democratic governance, Spaniards, Franco, identity, Spain

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