The History of Spain
, 2nd Edition
by Peter Pierson
October 2019, 251pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6840-5
$65, 55€, A93
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6841-2
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Spain’s economy ranks 14th in the world and 5th in Europe.

Updated from the original 1999 publication, The History of Spain examines Spain’s long and fascinating history, from the earliest cave dwellers of Altamira to today’s current political strife with Catalonia.

This updated and expanded edition of The History of Spain offers an in-depth examination of Europe’s fifth largest economy, providing important coverage on the last two decades of Spanish history in particular. Following a general introduction to Spain, its government, and the diversity of its people and geography, this volume follows Spain’s unique history chronologically from the earliest archeological evidence.

Starting with Spain’s incorporation into the Roman Empire, subsequent chapters cover Spain’s medieval experience of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism; its unification; its “Golden Age” of world empire and cultural splendor; Napoleon’s invasion of Spain; and its troubled period that lasted for more than a century. The volume examines why, in 1936, Spain exploded into civil war followed by three dozen years of dictatorship. It also gives extended treatment to Spain’s successful transition to democracy since 1975. Ideal for a general reader, student, or traveler, The History of Spain provides a concise and lively introduction to Spain, its people, and traditions.


  • Includes a timeline of significant events, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of Spain’s history
  • Provides an appendix of Notable People in the History of Spain with brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country’s history.
  • Supports the text with photos and maps
  • Features an annotated bibliography with detailed information on further resources for personal research
Peter Pierson, PhD, is professor of history emeritus at Santa Clara University. A former Fulbright Scholar in Spain, he is author of Philip II of Spain, Commander of the Armada, History of Spain, First Edition, articles, and book chapters.

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