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  • Cataloniaby Michael Eaude

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 13.99

    Squeezed between more powerful France and Spain, Catalonia has endured a violent history. Its medieval empire that conquered Naples, Sicily and Athens was crushed by Spain. Its geography, with the Pyrenees falling sharply to the rugged Costa Brava, is tormented, too.Michael Eaude traces this history and its monuments: Roman Tarragona, celebrated by... more...

  • The Basque Countryby Paddy Woodworth

    Andrews UK 2012; US$ 13.99

    The Basque Country is a land of fascinating paradoxes and enigmas. Home to one of Europe's oldest peoples and most mysterious languages, with a living folklore rich in archaic rituals and dances, it also boasts a dynamic post-modern energy, with the reinvention of Bilbao creating a model for the twenty-first-century city of cultural services and... more...

  • The Alhambraby Robert Irwin

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 11.98

    The Alhambra, the 'red fort' on its rocky hill above Granada, with its fountained courts and gardens, and intricate decoration, has long been a byword for exotic and melancholy beauty. In a stimulating new book in the 'Wonders of the World' series Robert Irwin, Arabist and novelist, examines its engrossing and often mysterious history. Built by a... more...

  • Frommer's Madrid Day by Dayby Mary-Ann Gallagher

    Wiley 2009; US$ 12.99

    This full colour guide shows you how to navigate yourself around one of Europe's most chic cities in the most time efficient way. Full day tours around the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, Retiro Park, as well as eccentric palaces, and all the best cafés and tapas bars The best neighbourhood walks around the Madrid of the... more...

  • All the Good Pilgrimsby Robert Ward

    Dundurn 2014; US$ 11.99

    All the Good Pilgrims is a personal and insightful tour of the Camino de Santiago, as Ward takes readers on a secular pilgrimage in which he reflects on his past journeys and contemplates the mysterious and enduring allure of this ancient and historic road. more...

  • The British on The Costa Del Solby Karen O'Reilly

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 67.95

    This book is the first to study the British expatriate community in Spain and explodes popular stereotypes of 'Brits abroad'. This is instead a rich account of who migrates, their reasons for migration and the daily realities of expat life. more...

  • The Triumph of Democracy in Spainby Paul Preston

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 47.95

    This book provides an authoritative account of the tribulations of the forces of progress, beginning in 1969 with the disintegration of Franco's dictatorship and ending with the remarkable Socialist election victory in 1982. more...

  • Fear and Progressby Antonio Cazorla Sanchez

    Wiley 2009; US$ 113.95

    Utilizing hundreds of confidential documents from authorities in the Franco government, Fear and Progress: Ordinary Lives in Franco's Spain, 1939-1975 recounts the experiences of Spanish citizens who lived during the 40-year Franco dictatorship. Rejects traditional explanations of the length of Franco's power and the dictator's legacy Utilizes... more...

  • A Memorandum for the President of the Royal Audiencia and Chancery Court of the City and Kingdom of Granadaby Francisco Nez Muley; Vincent Barletta

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 17.50

    Conquered in 1492 and colonized by invading Castilians, the city and kingdom of Granada faced radical changes imposed by its occupiers throughout the first half of the sixteenth century—including the forced conversion of its native Muslim population. Written by Francisco Núñez Muley, one of many coerced Christian converts, this extraordinary... more...

  • Making Democracy in Spainby Joe Foweraker

    Cambridge University Press 1989; US$ 53.00

    The story of the unsung heroes whose struggles prepared the transition to democracy in Spain. more...