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A Concise History of Spain

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107525054


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  • The rich cultural and political life of Spain has emerged from its complex history, from the diversity of its peoples, and from continual contact with outside influences. This updated edition traces that history from prehistoric times to the present, focusing particularly on culture, society, politics, and personalities. Written in an engaging style, it introduces readers to key themes that have shaped Spain's history and culture. These include its varied landscapes and climates; the impact of waves of diverse human migrations; the importance of its location as a bridge between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and Europe and Africa; and religion, particularly militant Catholic Christianity and its centuries of conflict with Islam and Protestantism, as well as debates over the place of the church in modern Spain. Illustrations, maps and a guide to further reading, major cultural figures, and places to see make the history of this fascinating country come alive.

    • Includes new content on contemporary issues, allowing readers to see the entire sweep of the country's development, right up to the dramatic abdication of King Juan Carlos I and the coronation of his son in 2014
    • Introduces readers to the key themes that have shaped Spain's complex history
    • Contains maps, illustrations and lists of suggested readings, places to see, cultural developments and influential figures in literature and the arts
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107525054
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 138 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The land and its early inhabitants
    2. Ancient legacies
    3. Diversity in medieval Spain
    4. The rise of Spain to international prominence
    5. Spain as the first global empire
    6. Toward modernity: from the Napoleonic invasion to Alfonso XIII
    7. The struggle for the Spanish soul: republic, civil war, and dictatorship
    8. New Spain, new Spaniards: European, democratic, and multicultural
    Chronology and rulers
    Guide to further information

  • Authors

    William D. Phillips, Jr, University of Minnesota
    William D. Phillips, Jr is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Minnesota and directed the Center for Early Modern History there from 2001 to 2008. His previous publications include Testimonies from the Columbian Lawsuits (edited, 2000), The Worlds of Christopher Columbus (with Carla Rahn Phillips, 1992, recipient of the 'Spain in America [Second] Prize', awarded by the Spanish government), and Enrique IV and the Crisis of Fifteenth-Century Castile, 1425–1480 (1978). He has also written extensively on the history of slavery, including Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (2013) and Slavery from Roman Times to the Early Transatlantic Trade (1985).

    Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota
    Carla Rahn Phillips is Union Pacific Professor Emerita in Comparative Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota. Her previous publications include Spain's Golden Fleece: Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century (1997, with William D. Phillips, Jr, winner of the 1998 'Leo Gershoy' Award of the American Historical Association), Six Galleons for the King of Spain (1986, also winner of the 'Leo Gershoy' award), and The Treasure of the San José: Death at Sea in War of the Spanish Succession (2007, winner of the Award for Excellence in World History and Biography/Autobiography of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers).

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