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The History of Spain (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations) [Paperback]

Peter Pierson
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January 30, 1999 0313360731 978-0313360732

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 chronologically, focusing on the last two centuries. Pierson, a noted authority on Spanish history, traces Spain's foundations in the Roman empire and Muslim conquest to its golden age in the late Middle Ages, its subsequent decline, and its struggle to build a democratic government and modern economy following the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The work provides a timeline of events in Spanish history, brief biographies of key figures, and a bibliographic essay of interest to students and general readers.

An introductory chapter offers an overview of Spain today, its geography, government and politics, economy, religion, and culture. The next few chapters discuss its earliest cultures, its place in the Roman empire, its Christianization and years as a Germanic kingdom, and its incorporation in 711 C.E. by military conquest into the world of Islam. The energies developed in the Christian reconquest of Spain led to its embarkation on the conquest of an overseas empire in the Americas and the Philippines that lasted for more than 300 years and had a profound effect on global history. The interests of the Habsburg (1516-1700) and Bourbon (1700-1808, 1814-1868, and 1875-1931) dynasties on the Spanish throne made Spain a major player in European power politics into the years of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. By 1825, its resources drained, Spain painfully adjusted to straightened circumstances, endured civil wars and dictatorships, and struggled to build a democratic government and modern economy, which it has accomplished today.

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"Pierson's writing style is clear and concise. The book is recommended for all types of libraries as a good, brief introduction to all of Spain's history."


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Book Description

The most up-to-date narrative history of Spain from Roman times through 1997, written especially for students and general readers.

Product Details

  • Series: The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (January 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313360731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313360732
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor January 17, 2011
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This is a very poorly written book that presents only nominal information. Although the book covers a large amount of history, it presents very limited detail and insights as to what was actually materializing in the Iberian Peninsula. I do not recommend this book to anyone. If you are looking for a well written, thorough book on spain, then look no further than William Phillips Jr's "A concise history of spain."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 1, 2014
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This is an awesome read. I needed it for a class, but I fell in love with Spain while reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great, everyone should read it. October 2, 2013
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The reading is interesting and informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history of Spain or history of the world.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one! January 19, 2011
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Avoid the chapter about today's Spain, given that this book is written back in the mid 1990s and lots have changed since then. For example, a new currency, Spain being one of the countries with more immigrant population in Europe when it used to be one with the lowest percentage, etc.

For the rest of the book, it refreshed my memory about all I learnt at school. As it states in the beginning, it's all an educaded spaniards know (or should know, given today's youngsters knowledge)about Spain's history.

More than a history book it looks like a novel the way it's written, really helpful specially when you go throu some times with complicated combinations of names, battles, etc.
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