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Andrew Wachtel is director of the Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University, Chicago. Among his books are Making a Nation, Breaking a Nation: Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia (Stanford University Press, 1998) and Remaining Relevant after Communism: The Role of the Writer in Eastern Europe (Chicago University Press, 2005).
The independentist inclinations of Catalonia,
Scotland or Flanders define a dominant political zeitgeist in Europe – the dismantling
of large territorial units. And this is why they will ultimately succeed.