20th century Spain: a history

Julian Casanova Breve HistoriaOne of the great benefits of using an e-Reader is the quick availability of foreign language texts. I remember waiting several weeks for Spanish books to arrive from source, but now I can access them in seconds, and carry several around without adding volume and weight to what I carry, other than the reading device itself.

This over-view of the history of Spain in the 20th century is much more than an ‘everyman’s version’, diluted and simplified to attract a wider readership. It takes us from the rural, agricultural economy in the late 19th century through to Spain’s integration into NATO and the EEC in the late 20th century. Through the upheaval in politics in the 1920s, the devastating period of the civil war 1936-39, the brutal aftermath followed by nearly 40 years of authoritarian government……then it emergesShort Hist Spain Julian Casanova in the late 1970s into the gradual process of democratization, the shedding of the painful memories of repression, and the growth of a country with a new constitution into the country we know today.

The narrative has pace. Many of the less digestible details of politics are made accessible. The reader is taken deftly to the conclusion that Spain is now ready ‘to remember’ its recent past, now that the generations caught up in the struggle have passed away.


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Posted on September 4, 2014, in Book reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have more than a passing interest in recent Spanish history, as my sister married a Spaniard whose family fled Spain to avoid the Franco regime. After the return to democracy the lawyers were kept busy, and rich, ensuring that those who had illegally built fincas on the family land should be evicted!

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