Early Medieval Spain

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In Spain the 1980s and 1990s have seen a dramatic revival of regional aspirations towards greater self-expression and increased political autonomy, following a period of rigid centralisation of government in Madrid and the attempted imposition of cultural uniformity. This tension between the ethnic and cultural diversity of the different regions of the Iberian peninsula and the attempts of various rulers to impose political and 'national' unity goes back to at least the time of the Roman Empire. In the period ...

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Overview

In Spain the 1980s and 1990s have seen a dramatic revival of regional aspirations towards greater self-expression and increased political autonomy, following a period of rigid centralisation of government in Madrid and the attempted imposition of cultural uniformity. This tension between the ethnic and cultural diversity of the different regions of the Iberian peninsula and the attempts of various rulers to impose political and 'national' unity goes back to at least the time of the Roman Empire. In the period covered in this book there occurred many of the major events that shaped the subsequent history of Spain: the unification of the peninsula under Rome, the attempted imposition of a unitary Christian culture under the Visigoths, and the shattering of both of these by Arab conquest in 711. At the same time the Basque and Catalan national identities began to take shape, and the resistance to the Arab conquest by the Asturians, Galicians, Leonese and Castillians formed these and other distinctive components of the Hispanic cultural mix. In this fully corrected, revised and partly rewritten version of this authoritative study, first published in 1983, account has been taken of the substantial new research undertaken on all relevant periods of Spanish history since the first edition. In particular, the discussion of the Arab conquest and its impact has been entirely reconsidered. The bibliography and notes have been fully updated. Some challenging new interpretations are also presented here for the first time. This volume forms a companion to Angus MacKay's Spain in the Middle Ages: From Frontier to Empire, 1000-1500, from the same publishers, and contains maps, genealogical tables, alist of rulers, full references and bibliographies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312126629
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: New Studies in Medieval History
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Collins is at the Department of History, University of Edinburgh.

Anthony Goodman is at the Department of History, University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Chronological Table
Maps
Introduction: The Roman Achievement 1
1 The Emergence of a New Order 11
The Roman Twilight 11
A False Start: The Kingdom of the Sueves 19
New Law and Old 24
2 The Imposition of Unity 32
Divisions and Defeats 32
Leovigild 41
3 A Church Triumphant 58
4 The Seventh-Century Kingdom 87
Local Society in Town and Countryside 87
The Rulers of the People 107
Outsiders and the Law 128
5 The Arab Conquest 144
The New Masters 144
Conquest and Society 151
Society and Government 169
6 The Umayyad Regime 181
The Government of a Divided Society 181
The Land of Three Religions 198
7 The Christian Realms 222
The Asturias and Leon 222
The Kingdom of Pamplona and the County of Aragon 246
The Frankish March in Catalonia 250
Bibliographies 266
A. Works in English 266
B. Works in Other Languages 272
References 283
Lists of Rulers 298
Genealogical Tables 303
Index 305
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