1. Introduction: the History of This Book -- 2. Why It Began: a Strong Periphery within a Weak State -- 3. How It Began: the Evolution of Basque Nationalism until the Civil War (1876-1939) -- 4. Dictatorship and Exile: the Shape of the New Nationalism -- 5. The Transition to Democracy and the Basque Problem -- 6. Democracy, Autonomy and Violence -- 7. 'The times, they are a-changin'' -- 8. Give Peace a Chance: on the Way to the Ceasefire -- 9. The End of a Dream -- 10. Epilogue: the Basque Contention in the Age of Globalization: Old Problems, New Opportunities.
"Ludger Mees offers a comprehensive study of one of Europe's most protected ethnic conflicts. He draws on his own field research as well as extensively evaluating the findings of historians and social scientists. The main objective of the book is to offer a well-balanced presentation of both the principal insights concerning the Basque conflict and theoretical reflections for the reader with more comparative interest in the issues of violence, nationalism and democracy."--BOOK JACKET.