Catalunya Barcelona: The Catalan Story of Barcelona
English, Catalan, Spanish
Historical accounts, interviews, and rare photos chronicle Barcelona’s history, from its loss of independence in 1714 to the 2017 global crisis.
S01:E01 - Tear Down the Wall
(1714 - 1906) Under martial law, with its language, Catalan, suspended, Barcelona rises from the shadow of the War of Spanish Succession to spearhead Spain’s industrial revolution.
S01:E02 - La Rosa De Foc
(1906 - 1931) At the start of the 20th century, Barcelona experiences unprecedented growth, building more factories and inspiring a wave of immigration from within Spain.
S01:E03 - The 2nd Republic
(1931 - 1936) The new Spanish Republic ushers in a period of great hope for the people of Barcelona, but ultimately begets a military coup that turns into the Spanish Civil War.
S01:E04 - Civil War
(1936 - 1939) The Spanish Civil War is an ideological conflict pitting fascism against democracy, but on the ground, it is brothers killing brothers, and fathers killing sons.
S01:E05 - Dictadura
(1939 - 1959) On the losing side of the Spanish Civl War, Barcelona is a dark, ominous place. Famine is rampant. Jails are full. The local language and customs are outlawed.
S01:E06 - Dictablanda
(1960 - 1975) The dictatorship enters a 3rd decade. A numbing effect has taken hold. Barcelona and all of Spain seem frozen in time, but with Franco’s death in 1975, there is hope.
S01:E07 - The Transition
(1975 - 1980) Franco is dead, but Francoism endures. However, the populace, especially those in commercial strongholds like Barcelona, see an opportunity to pivot to democracy.
S01:E08 - Democracy
(1981 - 1999) 20 years that run the gamut. Bombings, coup attempts, and an Olympic success story that transforms Barcelona into the globally recognized city it is today.
S01:E09 - A New Millennium
(2000 - 2016) Barcelona has reached the world stage with gains in tourism, industry, and entertainment. Yet, a desire to exert more control over its destiny endures.
S01:E10 - 2017
(2017 - Today) Barcelona and the Catalan region seek to hold a binding referendum on independence from Spain. The central government is adamant: the vote will never happen.