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Modern Spain, 1875-1980: Reissue in a new cover Paperback – 31 Mar 2001
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"This short, analytical work draws from [Carr's] writings and synthesizes results from the greatly increased number of publications on modern Spain that have appeared recently....The result is an admirable, judicious, and gracefully written text."--Choice..".a readable, concise guide to Spain in the last hundred years."--History"An excellent work, well-researched and beautifully written."--Richard Cruz, Tarleton State University..".Carr's book remains the only suitable survey of the subject available in any language."--James Boyden, Tulane University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sir Raymond Carr, for many years Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, was in 1999 honoured by Spain with the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize.
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Also, I did find the book written in a very boring and dry style. Probably if you are a scholar that knows part of these facts and you want to hear some more, the book might be for you. But me, I prefer history books written like stories, relating issues, making a certain logical chronology. A way I can understand why things happened the way they happened. In this book I only learn facts, which I will forget immediately as I'm not interested in them in any way. Also because we jump from one place to another in time in the book and there is no understanding of the psychology of the country, I find it completely forgettable.
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This is the stuff that gives history a bad name. It can be done so much better, eg John Keay.
Preceding 1875, Spain's "anaemic" history of the industrialist/labourer relationship had long been existant from the 1830's. Throughout the book, the author serves to describe more or less emphatically, natural obstacles hindering the early Spanish industrial revolution. For over a thousand years, psychological and environmental differences amongst the varying regional mentalities and topograghies of the country were acutely (and still are) recognized and preserved by Castilians, Catalonians, Valencians, Asturians, Galicians, Andalusians, Aragonese, Leonese, Basques etc.
Hence, nineteenth-century economic needs and demands from both labour and industrialists were always at odds from region-to-region. Augmenting this basic complexity was the growing frequency of intra-party factions, electoral manipulation, church-burning, innumerous strikes and assassinations by both civilians and, an increasingly intervening military. The core issue throughout this time period: An effective, congruous establishment of a "national economic" vision entailing long-term growth. The entry into what was considered by some to be a "Godless" era of mass-modernity, were the traditionally-minded peasants, industrialists, conservatives and churchmen - for they feared the gradual, societal disintegration of Classical, Catholic Spain.
Yet astonishingly, there were those political, military, religious and civilian figures wanting to see a Spain fully industrialized via the exemplary French/English model. It is this overall social/political dichotomy (also recognized by Spaniards), that Mr. Carr gently explicates, the understanding of how such perennial intransigence (both an excellent and horrible human quality) on the part of all parties, generated the unfortunate broth for a "violent soup" that became the Spanish Civil War.
Post-civil war recovery, Opus Dei, growing consumerism, transition to democracy and the restoration of monarchy are covered in more general detail.
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