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Spain : A History

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From Roman times to the present day, Spain has occupied a significant role in the evolution of our Western world. This book highlights the notable trends, intellectual and social, of each particular era in its history. The imposition of Roman rule created the notion of Hispania as a single entity. Chapters on the Visigoth monarchy, Moorish Spain, the establishment, an empire, the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, all chart the political and economic development of Spain, but also emphasize the extraordinary and diverse artistic and literary achievements of the Spanish people within this one country at these different times. Moving on to the nineteenth century, we read of the rise of liberalism, and of its fall, which ushered in a period of disarray leading to the Civil War and authoritarian rule. Today Spain is a fully integrated and enthusiastic member of the European community.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 20mm | 439.98g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 colour plates and numerous halftones
  • 0192802364
  • 9780192802361
  • 31,580

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The book, which is nicely illustrated, contains nine essays ... which cover the history of Spain, still unfamliar to most English-speakers, from prehistoric times to the present. The essays are well written by experts in that particular period and show how many of the trends we usually regard as 'post-Franco' have been about for some time in the ebb and flow of Spanish history. * Contemp. Rev. *show more

About Raymond Carr

Sir Raymond Carr, for many years Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, was in 1999 honoured by Spain with the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize. He is a corresponding member of The Spanish Royal Academy of History and a doctor honoris causa of the Complutense University of Madrid. His publications include Modern Spain 1875-1980, Spain 1805-1975 (Oxford History of Modern Europe), and The Spainish Tragedy: Civil War in Perspective.show more

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Prehistoric and Roman Spain ; 2. Visigothic Spain ; 3. The Early Middle Ages ; 4. The Late Middle Ages ; 5. The Improbable Empire ; 6. Vicissitudes of a World Power, 1500-1700 ; 7. Flow and Ebb, 1700-1833 ; 8. 1833-1931 ; 9. Spain from 1931 to the Presentshow more

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