The Story of Spain: The Dramatic History of Europe's Most Fascinating Country

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Golden Era Books, Jan 1, 2004 - 327 pages
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The Story of Spain is a very readable, one-volume introduction to this nation's fascinating history and culture, placed within a context of Europe and the Americas. The book is a popular history of Spain from prehistoric times to the present day, as well as the Spanish Empire (1492-1898). It includes description and analysis of political, social, economic and cultural events, which together shaped this distinctive country. The author brings to life all the dominant historical figures, including El Cid, Columbus, King Philip II, Cervantes, St. Theresa, Goya, Franco, and Picasso. Chapters are included on ancient Iberia, the Roman era, medieval and Moorish Spain, the Reconquest, Spain's discovery and conquest of the Americas, its Golden Age and decline, the coming of the Bourbons, Napoleonic wars, and the modern era leading up to the Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship. After fourteen years in print in Spain (Santana Books), this revised American edition features an updated chapter covering contemporary Spain through the year 2003. For travelers to Spain, historic places to visit are listed, as well as 16 pages of color photos and dozens of other illustrations, a dynastic chart, bibliographic sources and index. Author Mark R. Williams received an M.A. in history from the University of California and lived in Spain for several years, where he worked as a teacher and journalist. Published by Golden Era Books, P.O. Box 5603, San Mateo, CA 94402. Website:

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This book covers an enormous amount of time; literally from the famed pre-historic caves of Altamira to the death of Franco in 1975. In general, history is way too complicated to be summarized in this ... Read full review


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