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Informative but incomplete !,
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This review is from: Galicia (Histories of Europe) (Paperback)
Both the previous reviewers have expertly expressed the many good things about this book. I teach geography and love this area so much I've managed to include it into the curriculum as a regional study, and this book is now an invaluable resource. It is also an excellent and most readable introductory history for more general readers.
I must confess to being slightly disappointed by what is omitted. The format is chronological with general movements or changes well covered however events outside the theme being explored are ignored. In my reading of general Spanish history there have been fleeting references to Galicia in terms of : it's link to the Kingdom of Asturias; it's role as a "safe haven" for fleeing Jews and Moslems after the Reconquest; The Siege of Coruna; a potato Famine in the mid 19th century and how Galicia fared under the "guidance" of Mola during the Civil War. These are simply not mentioned here at all!
In addition to the above a timeline of events would have maybe broadened the amount of content referred to, and the links (border and otherwise) with Portugal could also have been further explored. At 192 pages it is as the cover says - a concise history - but there was surely room for most of the above without disturbing the concise nature of this (most scholarly) survey.