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A Concise History of Spain (Cambridge Concise Histories) Paperback – August 16, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-0521607216 ISBN-10: 0521607213 Edition: 1st

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"This outstanding introduction to Spanish history will attract general readers, historians, and travelers to Spain. Essential." -Choice

"...well-written and engaging tour of Spanish history." -Robert E. Scully, Sixteenth Century Journal

"A Concise History of Spain by William D. Phillips Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips is the latest in a series of national histories written by distinguished specialists for use as "university and college textbooks and as general historical introductions for general readers" (ii)." -Carolyn P. Boyd, The Journal of Modern History

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Concise survey of Spain's complex history from prehistoric times to the present that focuses particularly on culture, society, politics, and personalities. Written in an engaging style and using illustrations, maps and guides to further reading, it introduces readers to the key themes that have shaped Spain's rich history and culture.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521607213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521607216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chris Martin on February 17, 2013
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In a departure from usual practice,Cambridge University Press has approached two North American history experts to compose this concise history reader and the result is a beautifully written piece of history for this most complex of European nations.In a brief 308 pages,the early inhabitants of Spain are identified, notably the Romans and Visigoths and their impacts are identified. Then we are treated to thorough analysis of the widespread Islamic impact with a description of all the political and social trends of that interesting time. With great clarity,the authors make sense of Spain's rise to a global power and then its eventual decline. With broad brush strokes,their last chapter captures the great social changes that took place after General Franco and the halting steps to a modern democracy. In this soft-bound edition,this history of Spain is beautifully crafted and is highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Watkins on July 10, 2014
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We went to Spain for a trip and I got interested in the history. I wanted something that wasn't so high level that all the detail was washed out, but not so terribly deep that the level of trivia involved became tedious. I thought this one was just right. Spain is such an interesting place and it's history has impacted the world deeply. But in the U.S. we don't really learn much about it in our normal history classes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Goran Smilevski on January 9, 2013
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I read some of the reviews claiming that the book is anti-christian. It is not. I actually think that it gives a nice non biased perspective to varoius aspects of history. The style is interesting and I have already purchased two other concise histories.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By sergius maximus on January 17, 2011
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this is a superbly written book that presents and discusses the broader themes that shaped the history of the iberian peninsula and also examines historical events in detail. excellent book for history students and casual readers who are interested in spain.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jo on May 22, 2013
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The Basue separatist movement and the recent noise of independence coming from Barcelona on behalf of Catalonia led me to this book. Spain is referred to in so many different ways (Aragon, Granada, Castille, etc.) that I had never sorted out geographically or historically. This volume makes it all clear, and I recommend it as an excellent history of this fascinating country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Davis on April 16, 2013
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I bought this book a month before my first trip to Spain and I can say that it greatly enhanced my appreciation for what I saw when I got there. It is well written and not at all a boring history book. Whether you intend to travel to Spain or simply have a curiosity of the country, I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. freeman on May 31, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I have to study for the Spanish university entrance exam (I'm going back to school in Spain to become a teacher) and this book covers all the topics from a slightly different angle than Spanish textbooks. Very in depth and well researched.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexis on April 27, 2013
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This book was super easy to download and while it is definitely a history book it is actually a very easy read and fun to learn more about Spain's early history that is generally glossed over pre-Isabella and Ferdinand!
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