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Nature volume 127, page 363 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



MR. GALLOP views the Basque with the eye of a realist. He heartily condemns imaginative attempts, on insufficient acquaintance, to portray him as a romantic relic of a vanishing race. Instead, he finds him a reserved, unimaginative individual, with a strong sense of humour and a pronounced bias towards independence, very markedly shown in his attitude towards his Spanish neighbours in past history. While it is true that the Basque is vanishing, it is not the race but the culture that is disappearing. A vigorous commercial and industrial activity carries with it development on fines that are purely Spanish. It is remarkable that this energy shown by the Basques on the south side of the Pyrenees is not to be found among the French Basques.

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