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By Richard Martin

Outfits demonstrate, outfits hide. It used to be ever hence, or nearly, as advised by means of the newest curatorial attempt of Richard Martin and Harold Koda, curator and affiliate curator, respectively, of the gown Institute on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork. «Bare Witness: garments and Nudity» considers greater than 2 hundred years of commonly French and American model from the vantage aspect of the way a lot flesh is uncovered, and the place.

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Notably, the capacity of the ‘nation-state’ to exert control over economic, political and cultural life is being challenged and the ‘nation-state’, national identity and nationalism are being eroded and superseded by a globally generated system of governance, a global identity and a global culture. However, this strong version of the globalisation thesis does not stand up to rigorous examination. Essentially it rests on half truths, vaguely 39 40 Freedom for Catalonia? formulated and untested propositions, and exaggerated projections of developments at the international level, and it suffers from an almost complete lack of historical awareness (Hirst and Thompson, 1996).

Culture and its pactist strategy, enables it to respond remarkably flexibly and creatively in its relations with the centre. The availability of a wide variety of competing alternatives and the tradition of pactism goes a long way to explaining the absence of violence in Catalan nationalism today. Catalan nationalism incorporates strong elements of ethnic nationalism (Hargreaves, 1998). As we have seen, its claim to the status of a historic nation and its opposition to the host state are rooted in the existence of a culturally distinct community with a very strong sense of its own national identity, which coheres, above all, around the Catalan language.

Important factor in stimulating and provoking the emergence of nationalist movements (Breuilly, 1993). The Spanish state was exceptionally advanced and powerful in the sixteenth century and it remained relatively powerful during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A certain sense of Spanish patriotism and identity had been stimulated in the struggle against French occupation during the Napoleonic Wars (Junco, 1996), and Spain joined in the general process of state centralisation and homogenisation that was accelerating in Europe in the early nineteenth century.

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