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Early Medieval Spain
In Spain the 1980s and 1990s have seen a dramatic revival of regional aspirations towards greater self-expression and increased political autonomy, following a period of rigid centralisation of government in Madrid and the attempted imposition of cultural uniformity. This tension between the ethnic and cultural diversity of the different regions of the Iberian peninsula an ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 15th 1995 by Palgrave Macmillan
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I used this book as a bridge between the others in the series, and it worked fairly well in that capacity. Collins does a very good job of laying out the fundamental continuities among different eras of Spanish history. Collins ably argues that regional particularism has always been one of the defining characteristics of Spain, whether we're talking about the pre-Roman, medieval, or modern eras.