Josep Fontana is one of the most notable fathers of Catalan historiography. His works have marked milestones in historical research, an achievement that has been recognized not only by his many disciples, but also by specialized critics, both Spanish and European.
Josep Fontana has the rare ability to write smooth, rich, interesting prose, which has not only opened doors for many readers who are not strict specialists, but has made him the author of works with great social, and even media, impact.
Josep Fontana made this seminar an overview of his life as a teacher and researcher, inspiring an original and influential historiographical approach.
The work of an historian is society-serving work. It must be. When you read Fontana, you understand perfectly what this means and these lectures serve to reinforce it. The joy of following them, and now reading them, always leads to a process of reflection that takes you far beyond common places and leads you to thinking and rethinking things. And when this happens, the historian knows he has done a good job. When reading Fontana, this happens.