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A History of Spain (Palgrave Essential Histories) Paperback – July 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0230200128 ISBN-10: 0230200125 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2 edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230200125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230200128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clear, comprehensive, up-to-date -- Barton's text is an incisive and accessible introduction for students and others interested in Spanish history." -- James W. Brodman, University of Central Arkansas

"This leading synthesis of Spanish history now analyzes events since 2004. Students and teachers will also welcome a number of new quotations, maps and figures." -- Bethany Aram, Professor of Spanish History, International College of Seville, Spain

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SIMON BARTON is Reader in Spanish History at the University of Exeter, UK.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Q. D. Agnew on September 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a relatively short overview of the history of Spain over roughly 2,500 years. Necessarily, it does not cover all topics in great depth. However, it becomes clear through the course of the book that the author's interest is primarily in the last 200 years. Depth and detail increase exponentially as the book moves forward in time, to the point that the Spanish Civil War, the Franco years and thereafter receive the same number of pages that a number of centuries received earlier in the book.

This is turn means that the book is strong on how the current Spanish situation came about, and what forces shaped Spain's present political and social atmosphere. However, for readers looking for example for information on the 600+ years of Moorish influence in the south of Spain, the text is much more sparse. Even the days of the Spanish empire in the New World receive scant attention, and the Inquisition rates barely a mention.

The book is well-written, and appears intended for a general audience rather than for academia. As such it is quite accessable, although there are times when it degenerates into little more than a recitation of names of monarchs, their wives and children.

For readers looking for the roots of present-day Spanish politics and recent history, this book will be very useful. Those wanting to read about the glories of Moorish Spain, the Reconquest, the Spanish Empire and similar topics, however, would be better served by finding another book.
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By gs on July 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Excellent! A painstakingly researched and highly readable book, that is an important contribution to the field.
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This is an excellent history of Spain but it is not a definitive history. I found much of what I was researching for but only in limited amount. I guess that is why early Spain does not have that many sources. I was trying to research Blanche of Navarre but found nothing on her history. She was the mother of Alfonso VIII.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carla N. Reed on July 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was really excited when I checked this book out from the library. I unfortunately found it a huge disappointment. There were too many dry, unimportant facts bundled up with some tolerable information. I really wanted to learn so much more from this book. I definitely know more now than before I ventured into reading it, but I just expected a greater deluge of knowledge. I'm relieved that I checked it out before I bought it.
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