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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (29 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034095874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340958742
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christopher J Ross is Lecturer, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Bill Richardson is Professor of Spanish Language and Linguistics, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Begoña Sangrador-Vegas is Spanish Tutor at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been living in Spain for a few years now but I have never found a Spaniard who has been able to tell me what the difference is between this or that court and as I watch the news I've been unable to work out which of the Regional political parties was left or right of centre etc. This book gave me those answers and many, many more. It is also bang up to date with mention being made of political, economic or social themes which are still very much in the news as I type.

I did wonder, a couple of times, if some of the detail was completely accurate but it was only ever in the detail - the broad sweep of the information certainly tied in with my own experiences and often allowed me to grasp the relevance of events that passed me by at the time.

The writing isn't exactly exciting but it's clearly, plainly and intelligently written. The chapter headings and layout were also logical and clear with it being easy to go back to check this or that fact.

A wholehearted recommendation for anyone who needs to understand Spain's present and recent past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Polyidiocies on 3 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
I think the previous reviewer does this book a slight injustice. I bought the book rather reluctantly after reading that review - I thought I might be able to scrape something of value from it - and have been very pleasantly surprised. I am a Spanish-to-English translator based in Spain and I was looking for a book offering lots of information about Spanish society/politics/education etc. in English (so offering me understanding, but also comparison with the British equivalents and the translations that an equivalent Spanish book would lack). I have Institutions of Modern Spain (Newton), which is good but very out of date now. Contemporary Spain landed on my doorstep this morning and I have flicked through its contents and read the first two chapters: it is going to be very useful for me in my work indeed. It is much weightier than I feared (though it reads well).
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