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The Basque Country has been and still is a land of controversy but of a great strength that has produced political, art and lately a superb economic development. Their strength is also manifested in the defense of their language, Euskerra that is what has given them their identity in the Spanish landscape. So, what is the mystery of this nation? Is it nation? Why has been and still called a country? Why has it been so criticized? Some of thses books may help clarify some of these questions:
- Mark Kulansky in his book The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation, turns the questions around as it sets a narrative that takes the reader to view the world from the Basque perspective. Kulansky goes over centuries of Basque history, from pre-Roman times to today, to explore what makes the Basques unique and indomitable in the context of the nations.
- Helped by his Basque ascendancy, In The Land of my Fathers: A Son’s Return to the Basque Country, Robert brings out the true spirit of Basques and describes their culture and history. His wife’s photographs contribute to the rendering of these people’s sentiment and ideology.
- For a most practical approach, take a look at Cadogan Guide Bilbao and the Basque Lands by Michael Pauls and Dana Facaros. It blends practical information with valuable information that sets the reader in the Basque Country.
- Other books worth mentioning mainly because they introduce the traveler to the mystery of the Basques’ unique language are: Basque-English Dictionary and Phrasebook by Joseph Conroy and Aitor Arana and The Basque Language: A Practical Introduction by Alan King.