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The test of Holland | Tarragona Newspaper

Josep Llop, who is a cultured architect, great coneixedor of the history and geography of our country, intelligent conreador of local history, eager to work in the archives and extreure’n coneixement, has just published a novel històrica, La testa d’Holanda (Silva, 2022). Why a novella? Because a novel, facing that I continue the knowledge of a book of history and the interpretations of an assaig, a good novel, as proclaimed by Umberto Eco, serves to say things that cannot be said in another way .

Llop is a good coneixedor of the Modern Age, at the beginning of which, of a band, is the foundation of the great agrarian revolution that will lead to a full 18th century and an industrial revolution to the 19th century, d ‘Altra band, is produced a radical confrontation with Castella that will end with the loss of the institutions and the Catalan llibertats on September 17, 1714. I know I know what happens here, in Tarragona, in Reus, in Vila -Dry, Salou is also essential to understand what happens to all of Catalonia and what gives fins and all relevant clauses that affect European history, in times of great international conflicts and the configuration of a new map of Europe. Al mateix temps, enmig d’aquest historical knowledge, is troba amb a fascinating character, who has a diguem-ne novel lesca biography, a Dutchman who will be the owner of the castle of Vila-seca and who will have an important role in the great events economics, politics and military of the seva època. Thanks to the enormous possibilities of the novel as a genre, Josep Llop ens could offer a total look at this period, in which economic history as well as politics and military history participate, or with which we will anomenarize the history of les mentalitats, de les visions del món, in a certain sense the history of the ideas and pertinent of culture. The novel·la permet meravellosament fer-ho tot a l’hora. I see how the economy and politics intertwine. With the great Catalan economic growth, it is possible through the extension of the wine market and the production and export of food, especially the northern European markets. This is the key to the economic expansion of the 18th century, which began in the late 17th century. But the economic history of the evolution of agriculture and commerce, of the implantation of pots and fassines d’aiguardent especially in the predominant counties of la vinya, of the explosion of those ports such as Salou to through which this production of guardians could be destined to its foreign markets, political implications.

In Josep Llop’s book it is very clear that the salt of Catalonia cap al progrés is not produced from the Bourbon impositions and the decree of Nova Planta

França is the great European producer of aiguardent. England and Holland, maritime and commercial powers, are the largest consumers. Among other things why the demand for commercial fleets is enormous. A historian commented, both seriously and jokingly, that l’aiguardent was the oil of the 18th century: allò que fa moure els vaixells. When France has several exports to its European enemies, England and the Netherlands, they look for our suppliers and boost production. Catalonia is one of the principals. In the geopolitics of the aiguardent, England and Holland are the clients of Catalonia, both complementary economies. França, the adversary and the competitor. When is there a war, at whose cost will you be? Your competitors or your clients?

Agafar the fil of Joan Kies works for Josep Llop the possibility of offering us a vision of the world that corresponds to the commercial and industrious Holland, republican against monarchies, marked by the values ​​of Protestantism and reform, in which we could direct perfectly modern. Joan Kies had, in addition, an exceptional life: consol d’Holanda to Barcelona, ​​he will participate in the management of the Catalan Austrianism and of the seva alliance with the Baixos Countries and with Anglaterra, he will aixecar fassines and will export aiguardents, he will fer planting vines and going to buy the roots that he collies with the peasants of Camp de Tarragona, he is going to relate both the Catalan authorities and the representatives of the foreign powers to Barcelona, ​​he goes to Amsterdam after Johan Kies and he is going to die with to Joan Kies at the castle of Vila-seca, after getting married in Catalonia, founded a nissaga that was to last three segles. Kies falls in love with Catalonia precisely because he is Dutch, because he sees the world he sees, he faces what he follows with a different climate, landscape and contexts. But he is troba amb something else: the fascination of the Catalans per Holland. The most solid ones and escorts propose with a project for Catalonia to be the Netherlands of the South. L’Holland of the Mediterranean. Ho deia Narcís Feliu de la Penya, who proposed the creation of a large Catalan company for trading in America. Holland, which came from a historical confrontation with the crown of Castella and from a war with France, was for many Catalans at that time a model to follow both from an economic and commercial point of view as well as from a political organization.

In Josep Llop’s book it is very clear that the salt of Catalonia capped the progress is not produced from the Bourbon impositions and the decree of Nova Planta but rather that it had started long ago and that it was strong because it survived the war. imposed it. That the Austrianist Catalonia had a future modern project, which was not that of French despotism but rather that which is more aviat in the Anglese or Dutch parliamentary institutions and in the Austrian confederalism. I also have a value and a great interest in the current moment. Josep Llop ho sap, and he ens ho diu. Not with a pamflet or with an assaig, but incarnate-ho. Fent-ne a novel·la. A great novel.

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