Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Pablo Pastrana-Perez

Second Advisor

Thomas Kostrzewa


"Guide to Understanding Catalonian Independence Efforts: From referendum proclamation to 1-O" explains and chronicles key events from June 9 to October 1, 2017 that have impacted Catalonia's ploy for independence. The northeastern region in Spain is situated on the Mediterranean coast and plays a strong role in the Spanish economy. Although the region is well situated and prosperous, some push for an independent Catalonia. The guide is written with readers from the United States of America in mind and includes excerpts translated into English so that the struggle between Spain and independence-minded Catalans can be easily understood. Official statements, speeches, press releases, and legislation are used to examine the order of events. After examining the various factors at play, it can be concluded that the power struggle is profound and timeless. A pattern of political moves and counter-moves proliferates the conflict and will continue.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access