Summary: The Story of Spain is a very readable, one-volume introduction to this nation's fascinating history & culture, placed within a context of Europe & 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 & analysis of political, social, economic & cultural events, which together shaped this distinctive country. The author brings to life all the dominant historical figures, includ ...show moreing El Cid, Columbus, King Philip II, Cervantes, St. Theresa, Goya, Franco & Picasso. Chapters are included on ancient Iberia, the Roman era, medieval & Moorish Spain, the Reconquest, Spain's discovery & conquest of the Americas, its Golden Age & decline, the coming of the Bourbons, Napoleonic wars & the modern era leading up to the Spanish Civil War & Franco's dictatorship. After ten years in print, this revised edition features a new chapter covering contemporary Spain & the transition to democracy (1976-2000). For travelers to Spain, historic places to visit are listed, as well as 16 pages of color photos & dozens of other illustrations, a dynastic chart, bibliographic sources & index. Author Mark R. Williams received an M.A. in history from the University of California & lived in Spain for several years, where he worked as a teacher & journalist. Distributed through Golden Era Books, P.O. Box 5603, San Mateo, CA 94402. Website: www.GoldenEraBooks.com. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: (REV)00
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