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Spain: The Root and the Flower: An Interpretation of Spain and the Spanish People

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    J A Crow(Author)
John A. Crow updates and expands his classic study of the cultural history of Spain and its people. The scope of this richly textured book is remarkable and includes chapters on Roman Spain, the Jews in Spain, the Moors, life in medieval towns, the Golden Age of Spain, and other epochs in Spanish history. In addition, Crow extensively updates later chapters to reflect changing events in the last ten years in Spain, and he expands his chapter on "Franco's Legacy."

PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION: "The distinctive features of the book are indeed the author's deep insight into the mores of the country, the fundamental psychology of the Spanish people as shared by geography and history, and his enthusiasm for the brilliance of Spain's culture, which has at all times dwarfed the political ephemera. The essential political facts are all there, but far more important and meaningful--to him and to us--is the environmental lore that Dr. Crow has gleaned from his many journeys since he first went to Spain in 1928: wisdom and understanding which he now distills for us in a lively idiom that is in the best tradition of humane Hispanists."--"Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 455 pages
  • J A Crow(Author)
  • University of California Press; 3rd edition edition (1 July 1992)
  • English
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  • By N. Donovan on 29 August 2007

    I read the book out of curiosity and found it infuriating. It does not tell lies but half truths. There are many mistakes, it refers to Spain, when Spain did not exist as a country until the 16th Ct. Before the Moorish invasion Portugal was part of same Visigothic kingdom. Several kingdoms appeared after the Reconquista including Castile (always referred as Spain) Portugal, Navarre and Aragon. The history related is that of Castile and Castilian culture completely ignoring Aragon. There are comments that I don't know where do they come from, it mentions that the done thing for young Spanish girls is no to study but to go to secretarial school so they can go to work and help their large families. Even though this was written in 1985 Spain had already one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. Being one of those young girls myself in the late 70s, it was expected of me and my sister, cousins and friends to go to university, which we all did. Certainly I don't recognize the portrait and interpretation of modern Spain made on this book. In my opinion it should be taken out of circulation as it does not help with the understanding and the interpretation of Modern Spain, in my opinion shows a total lack of real knowledge.

  • By JIAQI on 29 December 2014

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