Spain’s Fiesta Nacional in a Comparative Perspective
“La festa nazionale degli spagnoli in prospettiva comparata”



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García Sebastiani, Marcela (2018) Spain’s Fiesta Nacional in a Comparative Perspective. In 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, March 16–18 2017, New York, United States.. (Unpublished)

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National day holidays are the key moments, ahead of any others, in the dramatic and visual presentation of identification with the past and with a shared project for the future. These dates are also a means of communicating to the world what are considered to be the qualities, essences and strengths of each nation. The political rituals deployed on such occasions help construct the myths that sustain nations. Through them states also appeal to the emotions of their citizens in order to get them to identify with the cultural references, locations and values alluded to in each case. The significance of these events differs from one country to another. Not all have the same status, nor are they staged in the same way, even though in each case they are identified with events and experiences from the respective national stories. For Spaniards, the commemoration of October 12 evokes references to the country’s influence in the Americas and nostalgia for empire as a foundational element of the national identity. Since there is no uniform model for such events, and in some instances a lack of consensus around them or tensions between them and other forms of celebration, a comparative approach is an ideal exercise for highlighting the exceptional features of Spain’s National Day holiday in an international context over the course of the twentieth century. The following analysis will contrast the Spanish case with those of the United Kingdom, Portugal, Norway, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, the United States, and Canada (Total world count manuscript paper: 12319 words).

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Resultados de investigación de proyectos I+D+I presentados en Congresos académicos.

Uncontrolled Keywords:National day holidays; National identities; Nationalism; October 12
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science > Goverments
Humanities > History
Humanities > History > Modern history
ID Code:65165
Deposited On:30 Apr 2021 09:57
Last Modified:30 Apr 2021 10:19

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