Book review: Barcelona, the left and the independence movement in Catalonia, by Richard Gillespie, Abingdon, Oxon and New York, Routledge, 2019, 129 pp., £45 (hardback), ISBN 9781857439625, £15 (ebook), ISBN 9781351046879

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In Barcelona, the Left and the Independence Movement in Catalonia, Richard Gillespie, Emeritus Professor of Politics, ‘examines the extent to which the political
project of the Comuns has brought radical change in Barcelona’, as well as ‘consider[ing] the prospects of the Comuns growing beyond the city’ (2). The book
constitutes the first in-depth academic study of the Comuns’ emergence, strategy,
achievements and shortcomings to date and is extremely thorough in its account,
thanks to the author’s meticulous grasp of both the history of the left (in all its
forms) across Spain and the nature of pro-sovereignty politics in Catalonia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalRegional and federal studies
Early online date4 Mar 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2020


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Regional & Federal Studies on 4 Mar 2020, available online at:

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