Andalucia: A Cultural History

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A garden at the foot of Europe and a crossroads between Spain, Africa and the New World, Andalucía has been a cultural customs house on the border of the Mediterranean and Atlantic civilizations for more than ten thousand years. This book traces its origins from the earliest hominid settlers in the Granada mountains 1.8 million years ago, through successive Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Muslim cultures, and the past five hundred years of modern Castilian rule, up to and including the present day of post-modern ...

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Overview

A garden at the foot of Europe and a crossroads between Spain, Africa and the New World, Andalucía has been a cultural customs house on the border of the Mediterranean and Atlantic civilizations for more than ten thousand years. This book traces its origins from the earliest hominid settlers in the Granada mountains 1.8 million years ago, through successive Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Muslim cultures, and the past five hundred years of modern Castilian rule, up to and including the present day of post-modern novelists in Córdoba and Sevilla, guerrilla urban archaeologists in Torremolinos and Marbella, and underground lo-fi bands in Granada and Málaga.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195376104
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,019,220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gill is the author of The Thomas Cook Guide to Seville and The Andalucia and the Essential Gaudi.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Garden of Earthly Delights
Part One: Iberia: From Prehistory to the Visigoths
1. Gardens of Stone
2. Tartessos
3. La Dama de Baza (Deities of Death)
4. Gadir/Cádiz
5. The Heavenly Cities of Baetica
6. Vandalucia
Part Two: Al-Andalus: From Invasion to the Fall of Granada
7. Tariq's Rock
8. The Blackbird of Baghdad
9. Taming a Wilderness
10. The Library of Babel
11. Two Gentlemen of Córdoba
Parr Three: España: From Reconquest to the Twenty-First Century
12. 1492
13. Taking the Garden Indoors
14. Nights in the Gardens of Spain
15. The Picasso Century
16. Englishmen Abroad
17. Federico Garcia Lorca's Last Night on Earth
18. Death in the Afternoon
19. The Shrimp from the Island
20. La Franja ("The Fringe")
Further Reading
Index

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