The rich cultural and political life of Spain has emerged from its complex history, from the diversity of its peoples, and from continual contact with outside influences. This book traces that history from prehistoric times to the present, focusing particularly on culture, society, politics, and personalities. Written in an engaging style, it introduces readers to the key themes that have shaped Spain's history and culture. These include its varied landscapes and climates; the impact of waves of diverse human migrations; the importance of its location as a bridge between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and Europe and Africa; and religion, particularly militant Catholic Christianity and its centuries of conflict with Islam and Protestantism, as well as debates over the place of the Church in modern Spain. Illustrations, maps, and a guide to further reading, major cultural figures, and places to see, make the history of this fascinating country come alive.
"This outstanding introduction to Spanish history will attract general readers, historians, and travelers to Spain. Essential." -Choice
"...well-written and engaging tour of Spanish history." -Robert E. Scully, Sixteenth Century Journal
"A Concise History of Spain by William D. Phillips Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips is the latest in a series of national histories written by distinguished specialists for use as “university and college textbooks and as general historical introductions for general readers” (ii)." -Carolyn P. Boyd, The Journal of Modern History
William D. Phillips, Jr. is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and directed the Center for Early Modern History there from 2001 to 2008. His previous publications include Testimonies from the Columbus Lawsuits (edited 2000), The Worlds of Christopher Columbus (with Carla Rahn Phillips, 1992, 'Spain in America' (Second) Prize, awarded by the Spanish government), Historia de la esclavitud en España (1990), Slavery from Roman Times to the Early Transatlantic Trade (1985), and Enrique IV and the Crisis of Fifteenth-Century Castile (1978). He is a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of History.
Carla Rahn Phillips is Union Pacific Professor in Comparative Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota. Her previous publications include Six Galleons for the King of Spain: Imperial Defense in the Early Seventeenth Century (1986, winner of the 1987 'Leo Gershoy Award' of the American Historical Association for best book in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European history), Spain's Golden Fleece: Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century (1997, with William D. Phillips, Jr., winner of the 1998 'Leo Gershoy Award' of the American Historical Association) and The Treasure of the San José: Death at Sea in the War of the Spanish Succession (2007, Award for Excellence in World History and Biography/Autobiography of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the American Association of Publishers). She is a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of History.