Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608708710
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Series: Cavendish Cultures of the World Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Spain Today 5

1 Geography

Mainland regions

The Canary and Balearic islands


Flora and fauna 11

2 History

Early Spain

The Roman conquest

Visigothic Spain

Muslim Spain

The Christian reconquest

Spain during the 16th century

Decline of Spanish glory

1814 to the present 21

3 Government

A new era for Spain

The constitution of 1978

Executive power



Regional government 33

4 Economy

Economic rescue efforts

Manufacturing and mining


Fishing and forestry


Foreign investment and trade

The Spanish workday

Current trends 39

5 Environment

Natural wealth

Natural hazards

Endangered species 47

6 Spaniards

The principal ethnic groups


Class structure

Dress 55

7 Lifestyle

Social customs

Spanish pride

The concept of individualism

The siesta

Urban attraction

Urban housing

The transformation of rural areas


Changes in attitudes

Today's youth

The changing role of women 63

8 Religion

Roman and medieval Spain

The Inquisition and the Franco years

Catholicism in present-day Spain

Observance of Catholicism 77

9 Language

Regional languages

Arabic influence on Spanish

Nonverbal forms of communication 85

10 Arts

Early masters

Spanish nationalist composers

20th-century masters

21st-century artists

Folk art 93

11 Leisure

Soccer-The favorite sport

Other sports

Traditional attractions

Bullfighting 107

12 Festivals


Las Fallas


Semana Santa-Holy Week


New Year's Eve

San Fermín-The running of the bulls 115

13 Food

Culinary influences

Mealtimes and typical meals

Regional specialties

Table manners 121

Map of Spain 132

About the Economy 135

About the Culture 137

Timeline 138

Glossary 140

For Further Information 141

Bibliography 142

Index 143

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