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Author Payne, Stanley G

Common Titl España. English
Title Spain : a unique history / Stanley G. Payne

Publ Info Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [2011]
Edition English edition
 CCE Main Collection  DP63 .P1913 2011    AVAILABLE
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Descript xi, 304 pages ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-283) and index
Originally published in Spain as España : una historia única, c2008
Contents Introduction: The image of Spain -- Part I: The formation of a Hispanist -- Part II: A reading of the history of Spain. Visigoths and Asturians: "Spaniards"? ; Spain and Islam: the myth of Al-Andalus ; Reconquest and crusade: a "Spanish ideology"? ; Spain and the west ; Identity, monarchy, empire ; Spain and Portugal ; Decline and recovery ; The problem of Spanish liberalism -- Part III: Dilemmas of contemporary history. A republic without democrats? ; Who was responsible? : origins of the Civil War of 1936 ; Moscow and Madrid: a controversial relationship ; The Spanish Civil War: last episode of World War I or opening round of World War II? ; Spanish fascism, a strange case? ; Francisco Franco: fascist monster or savior of the fatherland? ; In the shadow of the military ; Controversies over history in contemporary Spain
Note "An excellent, balanced discussion of important controversies."--Juan Linz, author of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes
"Payne's revivalist presentation of a broad continuity of Spain's history, centered on its Castilian heartland, unfailingly maintains the standards of balance and objectivity that have always been the hallmark of his endeavor."--Robert A. Stradling, author of The Irish and the Spanish Civil War
"Concise, engaging, and above all scholarly, this volume offers a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of Spanish history."--Julius Ruiz, author of Franco's Justice
From bloodthirsty conquest to exotic romance, stereotypes of Spain abound. This new volume by distinguished historian Stanley G. Payne draws on his half century of experience to offer a broadly chronological survey of Spanish history from the Visigoths to the present. Who were the first "Spaniards"? Is Spain a fully Western country? Was Spanish liberalism a failure? Examining Spain's unique role in the larger history of Western Europe, Payne reinterprets key aspects of the country's history
Topics include Muslim culture in the peninsula, the Spanish monarchy, the empire, and the relationship between Spain and Portugal. Turning to the twentieth century, Payne discusses the Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War. The book's final chapters focus on the Franco regime, the nature of Spanish fascism, and the special role of the military. Analyzing the figure of Franco himself, Payne seeks to explain why some Spaniards still regard him with respect, while many others view the late dictator with profound loathing. Framed by reflections on the author's own formation as a Hispanist and his evaluation of the controversy about "historical memory" in contemporary Spain, this volume offers deeply informed insights into both the history and the historiography of a unique country. --Book Jacket
LC subject Spain -- History
Spain -- Historiography
ISBN 9780299250249 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0299250245 (pbk. : alk. paper)