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The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation

The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation

Straddling a small corner of Spain and France in a land that is marked on no maps except their own, the Basques are a puzzling contradiction—they are Europe's oldest nation without ever having been a country. No one has ever been able to determine their origins, and even the Basques' language, Euskera—the most ancient in Europe—is related to none other on earth. For centuries, their influence has been felt in nearly every realm, from religion to sports to commerce.

Introduction: The Island and the World

Part One: THE SURVIVAL OF EUSKAL HERRIA

The Basque Cake

Chapter 1. The Basque Myth

Chapter 2. The Basque Problem

Chapter 3. The Basque Whale

Chapter 4. The Basque Saint

Chapter 5. The Basque Billy Goat

Chapter 6. The Wealth of Non-Nations

Part Two: THE DAWN OF EUSKADI

The Basque Onomatopoeia

Chapter 7. The Basque Beret

Chapter 8. The Basque Ear

Chapter 9. Gernika

Chapter 10. The Potato Time

Chapter 11. Speaking Christian

Chapter 12. Eventually Night Falls

Part Three: EUSKADI ASKATUTA

Slippery Maketos

Chapter 13. The Great Opportunity

Chapter 14. Checks and Balances

Chapter 15. Surviving Democracy

Chapter 16. The Nation

Postscript: The Death of a Basque Pig

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