Spain and Portugal
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
Reveals how the military and financial support of the French and Spanish paved the way for the American Revolution, and how without their support the rebellion would have failed before it started.
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
The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views
The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century
Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views
Hardcover      ISBN: 1138892483
"The Spanish Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage rooted in the Medieval period and increasingly active today, has attracted a growing amount of both scholarly and popular attention. With its multiple points of departure in Spain and other European countries, its simultaneously secular and religious nature, and its international and transhistorical population of pilgrims, this particular pilgrimage naturally invites a wide range of intellectual inquiry and scholarly perspectives. This volume fills a gap in current pilgrimage studies, focusing on contemporary representations of the Camino de Santiago. Complementing existing studies of the Camino's medieval origins, it situates the Camino as a modern experience and engages interdisciplinary perspectives to present a theoretical framework for exploring the most central issues that concern scholars of pilgrimage studies today. Contributors explore the contemporary meaning of the Camino through an interdisciplinary lens that reflects the increasing permeability between academic disciplines and fields, bringing together a wide range of theoretical and critical perspectives (cultural studies, literary studies, globalization studies, memory studies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, cultural geographies, photography, and material culture). Chapters touch on a variety of genres (blogs, film, graphic novels, historical novels, objects, and travel guides), and transnational perspectives (Australia, the Arab world, England, Spain, and the United States)"--From publisher's website.
Catalunya, One Nation, Two States: An Ethnographical Study of Nonviolent Resistance to Assimilation
Catalunya, One Nation, Two States
An Ethnographical Study of Nonviolent Resistance to Assimilation
Paperback      ISBN: 1403974403
A comparative ethnographic study of Catalan culture in France and Spain.
Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition
Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition
Paperback      ISBN: 0142437077
Presents an account of the trouble-plagued expedition that led Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca from Santo Domingo to Florida to Texas to Mexico at the end of the sixteenth century.
Comrades: Tales of a Brigadista in the Spanish Civil War
Tales of a Brigadista in the Spanish Civil War
Paperback      ISBN: 0803268998
The Spanish Civil War served as an ideological and physical battleground for visionary Americans wishing to combat the spread of fascism. Harry Fisher was one such idealist who became a solider in the famed Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the American contingent of international volunteers dedicated to defeating Franco's forces. Fisher was one of the earliest American volunteers and one of the few to participate in all the major battles. Under a barrage of shells, bombs, and bullets for eighteen months, he lost his illusions about war's efficacy in solving political issues. To this day a despondence often overwhelms him when he recalls a family photograph he found jutting from the pocket of a slain fascist soldier. His involvement taught him that up close, the dead, whether fascist soldiers or his own fallen comrades, looked alike. This is a war story, simply told. Yet it is also a complex story about a young man testing his ideology in the harsh realities of battle.
Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
Hardcover      ISBN: 0812994000
In Empires of the Sea and City of Fortune, New York Times bestselling author Roger Crowley established himself as our generation’s preeminent historian of the great European seafaring empires, and the go-to author for post-Crusade clashes of East and West. Now, in Conquerors, Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers—a tactical advantage no other country could match. Portugal’s discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy. Crowley relies on letters and eyewitness testimony to tell the story of tiny Portugal’s rapid and breathtaking rise to power.Conquerors reveals the Império Português in all of its splendor and ferocity, bringing to life the personalities of the enterprising and fanatical house of Aviz. Figures such as King Manuel “the Fortunate,
Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico
Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico
Paperback      ISBN: 0671511041
THE UNPARALLELED HISTORY OF THE FALL OF OLD MEXICO Drawing on newly discovered sources and writing with brilliance, drama, and profound historical insight, Hugh Thomas presents an engrossing narrative of one of the most significant events of Western history. Ringing with the fury of two great empires locked in an epic battle, Conquest captures in extraordinary detail the Mexican and Spanish civilizations and offers unprecedented in-depth portraits of the legendary opponents, Montezuma and Cortés. Conquest is an essential work of history from one of our most gifted historians.
Paperback      ISBN: 0850453577
On 12 October 1492 Columbus discovered the New World. In the following decade a number of Spanish colonies were founded in the West Indies, many of the settlers being ex-soldiers. They were a hardy, adventurous and unruly crew, no longer able to find suitable employment in Europe. They carved a foothold for Spain in the Indies, but quickly became restless in the role of settler. Anxious to avoid the dull work of the administrators and planters, these men began to seek new territories to exploit, once again turning their faces towards the unknown. This title documents both the Conquistadores themselves, and their formidable enemies in the New World - the Aztecs, Incas and Maya.