Antoni’s going to look at anti-Catalanism, which should be worth a read. The Wikipedia anti-Americanism entry is good, with quotes from Frederick II’s court philosopher, Cornelius de Pauw (“degenerate or monstrous … the weakest European could crush them with ease”), Kant (a “half-degenerated sub-race”) and Samuel Johnson (“I am willing to love all mankind, except an American”). It is possible that “in Acarnania the word ‘Catalan’ is [still] considered a synonym for savage, thief, delinquent”, but it was interesting to discover that collective qualities seem to be ascribed much more readily to the Basques than to the Catalans, who are behind even the Moors.

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