Spain and Portugal
Barcelona 1900
Barcelona 1900
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801446570

Barcelona is well known as a center of contemporary art and architecture, but that prominence owes much to the creative outpouring it witnessed at the dawn of the twentieth century, when it was known as the rose of fire. The physical city was transformed by the civil engineer Ildefonso Cerd and the architects Antoni Gaud and Llu s Dom nech. As Barcelona changed around them, modernist artists including Pablo Picasso, Isidre Nonell, and Ramon Casas produced work fueled by and focused on political and humanitarian concerns.

Barcelona 1900 portrays the artistic, cultural, social, and political history of the city at this crucial turning point. Featuring more than 192 color and black-and-white illustrations--paintings, sculptures, drawings, and objects of applied art--the book illustrates the development of the modern city, Art Nouveau, and modernism alongside Barcelona's tumultuous social conflicts, the daily life of the middle classes, the anarchist movement, and the anticlerical sentiment of the day.

In a series of thematic chapters, Barcelona 1900 explores the city's artistic flowering in all its dimensions: paintings by Picasso, Casas, and Santiago Rusi ol; the Art Nouveau jewelry of Llu s Masriera; public and domestic architecture by Gaud , Dom nech, and Josep Puig; posters, advertisements, and other ephemera by Casas and other proponents of modernisme; and works of Catalan literature.

Accompanied by a wealth of historical and contemporary photographs of the cityscape, this book--which also serves as the catalog for a landmark exhibition of the same name organized by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam--invites the reader to promenade along the most remarkable spots in the city, from Las Ramblas, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the Palau de la Musica; to Els Quartes Gats, the cafe where Picasso and his friends met; and Parc G ell and Gaud 's Sagrada Familia.

--Library Journal, 15 March 2008
Barcelona 92: 25 Años del Gran Cambio En El DePorte Español
Barcelona 92
25 Años del Gran Cambio En El DePorte Español
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 8416894744

Los Juegos Ol mpicos de Barcelona 92, todav a considerados por muchos los mejores de la historia, cambiaron el deporte espa ol de arriba abajo y para siempre. Veinticinco a os despu s, en Espa a se entrena, se compite, se organiza y se invierte en deporte seg n los par metros que se fijaron entonces. Las 22 medallas que el equipo espa ol gan all permanecen como un hito inigualado, pero las 17 obtenidas en R o 2016 son herencia directa de la semilla all plantada. Barcelona 92 explica las claves de aquel xito y de la fabulosa transformaci n experimentada por la Ciudad Condal gracias a los juegos. Un equipo de periodistas de la Agencia EFE interpreta aquella cita desde todos sus ngulos, con testimonios in ditos de sus protagonistas. Deportistas legendarios como Ferm n Cacho, Kiko Narv ez, Jos Manuel Moreno, Miriam Blasco, Juan Antonio San Epifanio o Antonio Rebollo; artistas como Montserrat Caball , Javier Mariscal o Los Manolos; dirigentes como Juan Antonio Samaranch o Javier G mez Navarro; y personajes an nimos como los voluntarios o el botones del hotel en el que se aloj el Dream Team desvelan sus recuerdos de aquellos juegos, junto a datos y an cdotas nunca antes conocidos.

Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath
Barcelona and Beyond
The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520074416

In late July 1263 a public disputation was convened by King James I of Aragon, pitting Friar Paul Christian against the distinguished rabbi of Gerona, Moses ben Nahman. Organized by leading figures in the Dominican Order to give Friar Paul an opportunity to test his innovative missionizing argumentation against a worthy opponent, the spectacle in Barcelona was colorful, impressive, surely somewhat frightening to the Jews, and ultimately indecisive. Both sides claimed victory, and their documented claims have given rise to substantial disagreement among historians over the tone and outcome of this important event.

Robert Chazan's masterly analysis reconstructs the Barcelona disputation from the conflicting Christian and Jewish sources and sets it in its broad historical context, with particular attention to the post-disputation maneuvers on both sides. His richly detailed account focuses on Rabbi ben Nahman's eloquent efforts to reassure his fellow Jews in the face of new missionizing pressures.

The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation
The Basque History of the World
The Story of a Nation
Paperback      ISBN: 0140298517
From Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Cod, Salt, Birdseye, and Paper--the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people

Straddling a small corner of Spain and France in a land that is marked on no maps except their own, the Basques are a puzzling contradiction--they are Europe's oldest nation without ever having been a country. No one has ever been able to determine their origins, and even the Basques' language, Euskera--the most ancient in Europe--is related to none other on earth. For centuries, their influence has been felt in nearly every realm, from religion to sports to commerce. Even today, the Basques are enjoying what may be the most important cultural renaissance in their long existence, as displayed by new cookbooks like chefs Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero's The Basque Book and restaurateur Jose Pizarro's Basque.

Mark Kurlansky's passion for the Basque people and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout this fascinating book. Like Cod, The Basque History of the World, blends human stories with economic, political, literary, and culinary history into a rich and heroic tale.

Among the Basques' greatest accomplishments:

- Exploration--the first man to circumnavigate the globe, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, was a Basque and the Basques were the second Europeans, after the Vikings, in North America
- Gastronomy and agriculture--they were the first Europeans to eat corn and chili peppers and cultivate tobacco, and were among the first to use chocolate
- Religion--Ignatius Loyola, a Basque, founded the Jesuit religious order
- Business and politics--they introduced capitalism and modern commercial banking to southern Europe
- Recreation--they invented beach resorts, jai alai, and racing regattas, and were the first Europeans to play sports with balls

"A delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation." -Newsday


"Exciting, Illuminating, and thought provoking." -The Boston Globe


Entertaining and instructive... Kurlansky's] approach is unorthodox, mixing history with anecdotes, poems with recipes." -The New York Times Book Review

Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico
Bearing Arms for His Majesty
The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico
Paperback      ISBN: 0804750246

This study uses the participation of free colored men, whether mulatos, pardos, or morenos (i.e., Afro-Spaniards, Afro-Indians, or "pure blacks"), in New Spain's militias as a prism for examining race relations, racial identity, racial categorization, and issues of social mobility for racially stigmatized groups in colonial Mexico. By 1793, nearly 10 percent of New Spain's population was made up of people who could trace some African ancestry--people subject to more legal disabilities and social discrimination than mestizos, who in turn fell below white creoles, who in turn fell below the Spanish-born, in the stratified and caste-like society of colonial Spanish America. The originality of this study lies in approaching race via a single, important institution, the military, rather than via abstractions or examples taken from particular regions or single runs of legal documents. By exploring the lives of tens of thousands of part-time and full-time free colored soldiers, who served the colony as volunteers or conscripts, and by adopting a multi-regional approach, the author is able not only to show how military institutions evolved with reference to race and vice versa, but to do so in a manner that reveals discontinuities and regional differences as well as historical trends. He also is able to examine black lives beyond the institution of slavery and to achieve a more nuanced impression of the meaning of freedom in colonial times. From the 1550s on, free colored forces figured prominently in the colony's military forces, and units of free colored soldiers evolved with increasing autonomy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The author concludes, however, that the Bourbon reforms of the 1760s--which clearly expanded the military establishment and the role of Spanish soldiers born in the New World--came at the expense of free colored companies, which experienced a reduction in both numbers and institutional privileges.

Bernardo de Gálvez: Spanish Hero of the American Revolution
Bernardo de Gálvez
Spanish Hero of the American Revolution
Hardcover      ISBN: 1469640791

Although Spain was never a formal ally of the United States during the American Revolution, its entry into the war definitively tipped the balance against Britain. Led by Bernardo de Galvez, supreme commander of the Spanish forces in North America, their military campaigns against British settlements on the Mississippi River--and later against Mobile and Pensacola--were crucial in preventing Britain from concentrating all its North American military and naval forces on the fight against George Washington's Continental army. In this first comprehensive biography of Galvez (1746@-86), Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia assesses the commander's considerable historical impact and expands our understanding of Spain's contribution to the war.

A man of both empire and the Enlightenment, as viceroy of New Spain (1785@-86), Galvez was also pivotal in the design and implementation of Spanish colonial reforms, which included the reorganization of Spain's Northern Frontier that brought peace to the region for the duration of the Spanish presence in North America. Extensively researched through Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. archives, Quintero Saravia's portrait of Galvez reveals him as central to the histories of the Revolution and late eighteenth-century America and offers a reinterpretation of the international factors involved in the American War for Independence.

Between Court and Confessional: The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors
Between Court and Confessional
The Politics of Spanish Inquisitors
Hardcover      ISBN: 1107031168

Between Court and Confessional explores the lives of Spanish inquisitors, closely examining the careers and writings of five sixteenth- and seventeenth-century inquisitors. Kimberly Lynn considers what shaped particular inquisitors, what kinds of official experience each accumulated, and to what ends each directed his acquired knowledge and experience. The case studies examine the complex interplay of careerism and ideological commitments evident in inquisitorial activities. Whereas many studies of the Spanish Inquisition tend to depict inquisitors as faceless and interchangeable, Lynn probes the lives of individual inquisitors to show how inquisitors' operations in their social, political, religious, and intellectual worlds set the Inquisition in motion. By focusing on specific individuals, this study explains how the theory and regulations of the Inquisition were rooted in local conditions, particular disputes, and individual experiences.

British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War: The British Battalion in the International Brigades, 1936-1939
British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War
The British Battalion in the International Brigades, 1936-1939
Paperback      ISBN: 0415758734

During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 almost 2,500 men and women left Britain to fight for the Spanish Republic. This book examines the role, experiences and contribution of the volunteers who fought in the British Battalion of the 15 International Brigadesasking:

* Who were these volunteers?
* Where did they come from?
* Why did they go to Spain?
* How much did they actually help the Spanish Republic?

In contrast to recent revisionist interpretations, this work stresses the crucial importance of the war experience itself, rather than political ideology, in the understanding of the volunteers' role and experiences within the Spanish war.

This book will be of essential interest to historians and those interested in the Spanish Civil War.

Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It
Brothers at Arms
American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1681683180

In this groundbreaking, revisionist history, Larrie D. Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the colonists had little chance, if any, of militarily defeating the British. The nascent American nation had no navy, little in the way of artillery, and a militia bereft even of gunpowder. In his detailed accounts, Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and Spanish, the American cause would never have succeeded. France and Spain provided close to the equivalent of $30 billion and 90 percent of all guns used by the Americans, and they sent soldiers and sailors by the thousands to fight and die alongside the Americans, as well as around the world. Ferreiro adds to the historical records the names of French and Spanish diplomats, merchants, soldiers, and sailors whose contribution is at last given recognition. Instead of viewing the American Revolution in isolation, Brothers at Arms reveals the birth of the American nation as the centerpiece of an international coalition fighting against a common enemy.

The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World
The Buried Mirror
Reflections on Spain and the New World
Paperback      ISBN: 0395924995

An exploration of Spanish culture in Spain and the Americas traces the social, political, and economic forces that created that culture