Author: William D. Phillips, Jr Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 1316467821 Size: 53.26 MB Format: PDF, Docs View: 6399
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.
Author: Paul Preston Publisher: HarperCollins UK ISBN: 0007560419 Size: 14.75 MB Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi View: 6966
Map best viewed on a tablet device. An account of the Spanish civil war which portrays the struggles of the war, as well as discussing the wider implications of the revolution in the Republican zone, the emergence of brutal dictatorship on the nationalist side and the extent to which the Spanish war prefigured World War II.
Author: Mary Platt Parmele Publisher: Cosimo, Inc. ISBN: 1596058595 Size: 42.28 MB Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi View: 5566
At the time of the sacking of Rome, this Gothic prince fell in love with Placidia, the sister of the Emperor Honorius; and after the fashion of his people, carried her away as his captive; not an unwilling one, we suspect, for we learn of her great devotion to her brave, strong wooer, with blond hair and blue eyes. Ataulf took his fair prize to the city of Narbonne in southern France, and made her his Queen. But when Constantius, a disappointed Roman lover of Placidia's, instigated Honorius to send an army against him and his Goths, he withdrew into Spain, and established his court with its rude splendor in the ancient city of Barcelona. -from Chapter V With a verve and liveliness worthy of a novelist, American writer MARY PLATT PARMELE (1843-1911) put her unique stamp on world history with her series of clever, concise histories, condensed tales of the world's great nations that encompassed the essential facts necessary for appreciating the state of the world as she saw it. With this book, first published in 1898 and updated in 1908, she introduces American readers to the dramatic past of the peoples and nation of Spain. From the "adventurous Phenicians" who put their mark on Iberia as early as 1300 B.C. to the contentious relationship between Spain and the U.S. during much of the 19th century, this is the exhilarating tale of a country newly joined in great friendship with America as the 20th century dawned. OF INTEREST TO: readers of European and classical history Parmele's books available from Cosimo Classics include: * The Evolution of an Empire: A Brief Historical Sketch of France * The Evolution of an Empire: A Brief Historical Sketch of the United States * A Short History of France * A Short History of Germany * A Short History of Rome and Italy * A Short History of England, Ireland and Scotland