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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Spain Since 1939

From Margins to Centre Stage

ISBN 9781403935694
Publication Date January 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Studies in Contemporary History

Spain since 1939 provides students with a comprehensive guide to one of the most exciting historical narratives of the twentieth century: Spain's development from poverty and isolation after the Civil War to its current role as a key player on the European and world stages. Incorporating the most relevant existing research, Stanley Black covers the modern political, cultural and social events that have shaped Spain's evolution through to the present day. This essential introduction charts momentous periods such as:
• the violence and repression of the post-war years
• the durability of the dictatorship of general Franco
• one of the most successful transitions to democracy
• the post-transition boom and integration into the European Union.

As this fresh new study shows, Spain's history continues to fascinate as it transforms itself into one of the most dynamic and progressive societies in Europe while battling with economic vulnerability, the phenomenon of mass immigration, and the painful buried legacy of its Civil War past.

STANLEY BLACK is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Ulster, UK.

Spain's Dark Decades 1939-59
The Spain of Desarrollismo 1960-75
The Transition 1975-82
Felipismo 1982-1996
The Return of the Right 1996-2004
Zapatero in Power
List of Abbreviations


'[Black's] new undergraduate textbook can be warmly recommended to students not least for the freshness of its approach and its many thoughtful insights.' - Joseph Harrison, Bulletin of Spanish Studies
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