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This audiobook traces Spain's development from prehistoric times to the present, focusing particularly on culture, society, politics, and personalities. It introduces listeners to key themes that have shaped Spain's history and culture, including 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.

©2010, 2016 William Phillips Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips (P)2018 Naxos Audiobooks
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Audible SHOULD have a concise history of Spain. This one is more a tedious litany of dates, a conventional timeline history focusing on excessive detail without thoughtful big picture analysis. The lack of analytic perspective makes both text and voice rather monotonous without the texture and color this book deserves. I listened to the entire book because I am visiting Spain but this work could have been so much more.

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  • IRINA
  • 11-06-19

very good and balanced into to Spanish history

balanced approach to controversial issues of Spanish history and a good coverage of cultural issues as well

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  • Jamie Barron
  • 03-10-22

Fascinating and well-written

A really fascinating history of Spain, covering a broad range of time periods, I found this really engrossing. The authors explained complex situations and characters really effectively, and the narration was excellent. I was new to Spanish history and felt that I learned a lot from this, and was able to join the dots with snippets I had heard of but was unable to contextualise.

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  • 02-02-19

Interesting but too much focus on politics for my liking

Early chapters are quite interesting, with a good overview of the various ruling powers & influences. Later chapters were too focussed on politics for my liking. Overall, I felt that I got a reasonable feel for the historical & political powers that shaped Spain, but I did not get a good feel for the development & change in culture & national identity, nor the challenges the average Spaniard faced over time.