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Spain, A Unique History

From bloodthirsty conquest to exotic romance, stereotypes of Spain abound. This new volume by distinguished historian draws on his half-century of experience to offer a balanced, 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 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.A Choice Outstanding Academic BookBest Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Association»

Acerca de Stanley G. Payne

Stanley G. Payne es catedrático emérito de Historia en la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison. Ha publicado una veintena de libros sobre Historia de España y Europacontemporánea. Entre los más recientes, ¿Por qué la República perdió la guerra? y La Europa revolucionaria. Las guerras civiles que marcaron el siglo XX. Es miembro de laAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences y correspondiente de las RR. AA. de Historia y Ciencias Morales y Políticas de España. También, codirector del Journal of Contemporary History y miembro del Consejo Editorial de la revista www.kosmos-polis.com. En el otoño de 2014 ha publicado Franco, una biografía personal y política, (Wisconsin Press), Estados Unidos y (Espasa), España, junto al historiador Jesús Palacios,

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