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The History of Spain
Every school and public library should update its resources on Spain with this lively and succinct narrative of Spain's long and rich historical experience. Emphasizing people rather than abstract developments, this narrative makes Spanish history readable and engaging. Based on the most recent scholarship, it examines the politics, society, economy, and culture of Spain ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published January 30th 1999 by Greenwood
(first published January 1st 1999)
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I love Spain, or at least I used to until reading this book. Not only is it hard to keep up with all the people they mention in the several centuries they discuss but the way it's written isn't as easy to follow as I hoped. I will say I did learn alot about the Spaniards. All about the eradicating of those who were Moroccan in southern Spain. The religious wrath that came upon those who were not of Catholic faith. There were some seriously surprising things in there that I was not expecting. I ...more
This is a great book if, say, you just started dating a Spaniard and you were trying desperately to impress him/her and any relevant members of your beaux's social network. The book kind of traipses quickly through ancient history, electing rather to dwell mostly on the moorish occupation and Reconquista, and the modern era (i.e. leading up to, into, and out of the dicatorship and Civil War). It's concise enough to be a leisurely read. Don't expect to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish history because of ...more
Books like this help explain why so many people hate history. Instead of using broad strokes to paint a picture of what Spain has been like for the past few thousand years, the book drowns the reader in detail (mostly political) and never shows what makes Spain what it is. It's hard to imagine the intended audience; readers who want the political minutiae will not be satisfied with the short space allotted to any particular event, and those who want to understand the big picture won't be able to ...more