In this Book

Spain
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From bloodthirsty conquest to exotic romance, stereotypes of Spain abound. This new volume by distinguished historian Stanley G. Payne draws on his half-century of experience to offer a balanced, broadly chronological survey of Spanish history from the Visigoths to the present. Who were the first “Spaniards”? Is Spain a fully Western country? Was Spanish liberalism a failure? Examining Spain’s unique role in the larger history of Western Europe, Payne reinterprets key aspects of the country’s history.
    Topics include Muslim culture in the peninsula, the Spanish monarchy, the empire, and the relationship between Spain and Portugal. Turning to the twentieth century, Payne discusses the Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War. The book’s final chapters focus on the Franco regime, the nature of Spanish fascism, and the special role of the military. Analyzing the figure of Franco himself, Payne seeks to explain why some Spaniards still regard him with respect, while many others view the late dictator with profound loathing.
    Framed by reflections on the author’s own formation as a Hispanist and his evaluation of the controversy about “historical memory” in contemporary Spain, this volume offers deeply informed insights into both the history and the historiography of a unique country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Maps
  2. p. ix
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction: The Image of Spain
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. Part I: The Formation of a Hispanist
  2. pp. 9-39
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  1. Part II: A Reading of the History of Spain
  2. pp. 41-41
  1. Chapter 1: Visigoths and Asturians: “Spaniards”?
  2. pp. 43-53
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  1. Chapter 2: Spain and Islam: The Myth of Al-Andalus
  2. pp. 54-71
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  1. Chapter 3: Reconquest and Crusade: A “Spanish Ideolog y”?
  2. pp. 72-80
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  1. Chapter 4: Spain and the West
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. Chapter 5: Identity, Monarchy, Empire
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. Chapter 6: Spain and Portugal
  2. pp. 111-127
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  1. Chapter 7: Decline and Recovery
  2. pp. 128-142
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  1. Chapter 8: The Problem of Spanish Liberalism
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. Part III: Dilemmas of Contemporary History
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. Chapter 9: A Republic . . . without Democrats?
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. Chapter 10: Who Was Responsible? Origins of the Civil War of 1936
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. Chapter 11: Moscow and Madrid: A Controversial Relationship
  2. pp. 180-188
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  1. Chapter 12: The Spanish Civil War: Last Episode of World War I or Opening Round of World War II?
  2. pp. 189-198
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  1. Chapter 13: Spanish Fascism . . .a Strange Case?
  2. pp. 199-215
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  1. Chapter 14: Francisco Franco: Fascist Monster or Savior of the Fatherland?
  2. pp. 216-228
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  1. Chapter 15: In the Shadow of the Military
  2. pp. 229-242
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  1. Chapter 16: Controversies over History in Contemporary Spain
  2. pp. 243-258
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-283
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-304
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