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The Traveller's Histories: Spain (Traveller'S History Of) [Paperback]

Juan Lalaguna
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4 April 2002 Traveller'S History Of
'Curiously enough, though Spain is the most popular holiday destination in Europe, its history is probably unfamiliar to the vast majority of its visitors. For the discerning traveller, therefore, this series fills a very important gap. It gives a brief, readable summary of the country's history, and a gazetteer allows you to fit the sights you can see today into the turbulent and fascinating story of the land' THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE Spain, during its 'golden age', was a political giant whose influence spanned the world from Germany to the Western Pacific. A TRAVELLER'S HISTORY OF SPAIN takes the reader on a journey from the earliest settlements on the Iberian Peninsula, through the influences of the Romans, the Goth and the Muslims, the traumas of expansion and the end of Empire, the bitter civil war, the Franco era and ends with an analysis of Spain today and her future in Europe as a leading member of the European Community.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New edition edition (4 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030436276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304362769
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,401,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ideal before-you-go reading. (The Daily Telegraph )

One of an excellent series of brief histories (The New York Times ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Dr Juan Lalaguna was born in Navarra in Spain and later graduated from the Univeristy of Zaragoza in History and Law. He came to London for his post-graduate sutides at the LSE and has lived here ever since. He was born in Spain but now lives in East Finchley, London N2.

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In Spain, it is said, 'la geografia manda' (geography always has the last word), and so it would seem, for its historical development has largely been influenced by its dramatic and diverse geography. Read the first page
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I've read other Traveller's History books and have found them to be delightful, both readable and enjoyable whilst giving an overview to their respective country's history and culture. This book is the exception. It completely glosses over the most fascinating and relevant points in Spanish history (such as the Spanish Civil War) in preference for detailing economic and industrial statistics that no casual reader could ever hope to recall after. Oddly, despite the emphasis on the country's economic history, the devaluation of gold during the Spanish Empire is hardly mentioned. The culture of Spain is completely lost in this book! There is hardly any mention of the great literature, art, music and dance that has come from Spain.

I read textbooks for fun.... and even I found this book an absolute torture to read. I was actually in Spain when I finally finished. I was in the perfect situation to appreciate the history all the more and sadly found myself feeling completely cheated.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book does a great disservice to Spain's history! 3 Oct 2011
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I've read other Traveller's History books and have found them to be delightful, both readable and enjoyable whilst giving an overview to their respective country's history and culture. This book is the exception. It completely glosses over the most fascinating and relevant points in Spanish history (such as the Spanish Civil War) in preference for detailing economic and industrial statistics that no casual reader could ever hope to recall after. Oddly, despite the emphasis on the country's economic history, the devaluation of gold during the Spanish Empire is hardly mentioned. The culture of Spain is completely lost in this book! There is hardly any mention of the great literature, art, music and dance that has come from Spain.

I read textbooks for fun.... and even I found this book an absolute torture to read. I was actually in Spain when I finally finished. I was in the perfect situation to appreciate the history all the more and sadly found myself feeling completely cheated.
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