Readership: General readers and students interested in contemporary Spain, particularly its economy and current politics, European economy, and Spanish history
William Chislett is a journalist based in Madrid. He covered Spain's transition to democracy (1975-78) for The Times of London and was later the Mexico correspondent for the Financial Times (1978-84). He writes about Spain for the Elcano Royal Institute, which has published three books of his on the country, and he has a weekly column in the online newspaper El Imparcial.
"A concise yet nuanced account of the history of Spain." - Julius Purcell, Times Literary Supplement
"Spain is a model of intelligent concision, and it is splendidly balanced in its judgments and assessments. Perhaps at this moment it is Spaniards themselves who stand most in need of it, but it will attract a wide range of readers." - - Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford
"Chislett condenses [Spain's] difficult story in 200 tight pages without a single drop of hearsay or meanness: not only a record, but a declaration of love to a country and a job." - Juan Cruz, El Pais
"This is the one indispensable handbook on contemporary
Spain. In lucid prose, it clearly explains everything one needs to know. It is dazzingly good on the economic crisis and the consequent undermining of social cohesion."
"Objectivity of viewpoint, mastery of facts, depth of reflection, balance in judgement, economy in expression, and sagacity in selection rarely go together - especially in the arena of Spanish historiography. Few writers unite these qualities better than William Chislett in this useful, brisk, reliable, and engaging conspectus of Spain." - Felipe Fernández-Armesto, William P. Reynolds Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
LIST OF TABLES
POLITICAL MAP OF SPAIN
1 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND : 711-1939
2 THE FRANCO REGIME: 1939-75
3 THE TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY: 1975-82
4 THE SOCIALIST ERA: 1982-96
5 THE RETURN OF THE RIGHT: 1996-2004
6 THE SOCIALISTS STRIKE BACK: 2004-11
7 WHAT LIES AHEAD?
RESULTS OF GENERAL ELECTIONS, 1977-2011
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