España: a Brief History of Spain (Paperback)
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España: a Brief History of Spain (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 02/02/2023
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Bestselling author Giles Tremlett traverses the rich and varied history of Spain, from prehistoric times to today, in a brief, accessible primer for visitors, curious readers and hispanophiles.

'Tremlett is a fascinating socio-cultural guide, as happy to discuss Spain's World Cup win as its Moorish rule' Guardian

'Negotiates Spain's chaotic history with admirable clarity and style' The Times

Spain's position on Europe's south-western corner has exposed it to cultural, political and actual winds blowing from all quadrants. Africa lies a mere nine miles to the south. The Mediterranean connects it to the civilizational currents of Phoenicians, Romans, Carthaginians, and Byzantines as well as the Arabic lands of the near east. Bronze Age migrants from the Russian steppe were amongst the first to arrive. They would be followed by Visigoths, Arabs, Napoleonic armies and many more invaders and immigrants. Circular winds and currents linked it to the American continent, allowing Spain to conquer and colonize much of it.

As a result, Spain has developed a sort of hybrid vigour. Whenever it has tried to deny this inevitable heterogeneity, it has required superhuman effort to fashion a 'pure' national identity – which has proved impossible to maintain. In España, Giles Tremlett argues that, in fact, that lack of a homogenous identity is Spain's defining trait.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781789544381
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Tremlett is a fascinating socio-cultural guide, as happy to discuss Spain's World Cup win as its Moorish rule - Guardian

Negotiates Spain's chaotic history with admirable clarity and style - The Times

Provides an excellent whistle-stop tour through the history that explains it all... Brisk and readable telling - New Statesman

Aimed at curious visitors and hispanophiles alike, this accessible trot through the country's history covers everything from Spain's connections to the ancient empires of Rome and Byzantium, to its colonisation of swathes of the Americas - BBC History Magazine

España is well researched, beautifully produced and, as far as generic primers go, an exemplar of its kind - TLS

Giles Tremlett is adept at grabbing the reader's attention, opening his brief history with a revealing vignette... Tremlett's book with appeal to anyone interested in Spain's past, present, or future - Literary Review

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“Muy bien”

Not to do national culinary stereotypes any favours but I liken this book to a Tapas meal. My review should really be 4.5 stars but the website won't let me...

Tremlett breaks down the long and complicated... More

Hardback edition
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“A whistle-stop run Spanish History”

I think 'brief' is the key word here as some periods of history get full a chapter, some just a paragraph. I'd recommend having a pen to hand to jot down any interesting names you come across as there... More

Paperback edition
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