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Book Title: The Story of Spain|
ISBN 13: 9788489954137
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.64 MB
The author of the book: Mark R. Williams
Date of issue: November 30th 2000
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The only positive thing I have to say about this book is that it is accessible to the lay reader, the non-expert, someone who has a burning passion to know more about the basics of Spanish history (but not culture). The author clearly has done his research, and has done a capable job of distilling the major conflicts and trends of Spanish history into an easily digestible product. However, he falls too frequently into an essentialization of Spanish history, saying over and over again that Spain repeats its past mistakes, and that these mistakes simply reincarnate in the form of (yet another) civil war. There is also some lamentable writing that happens in the book, and there is really no attempt to remain objective on the part of the author. The subtitle gives the first clue, about Spain being Europe's "most fascinating country" -- this is just an updated example of the exoticizing of Spain that has been going on since time immemorial.
I am a professor of Spanish Literature, and I would not recommend this book to my students in any way, shape or form. However, I would recommend it to family members who are still trying to figure out why on earth I got a Ph.D. in the humanities. This book, with its "fascinating" portrait of Spain might explain how it is I fell in love with this -- in my opinion -- tortured nation.
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Read information about the authorMark R. Williams is a freelance writer living near San Francisco. He has also worked as a contributing writer for the International Herald Tribune (Paris) and senior staff writer for Lookout Magazine (Spain). Williams has a Masters degree in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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