The Regions of Spain: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The Regions of Spain: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The Regions of Spain: A Reference Guide to History and Culture

The Regions of Spain: A Reference Guide to History and Culture


This is the first complete reference book on Spanish history, life, and culture from prehistory to 1994 and the only book on Spain in English or Spanish that is organized by region and province. It is designed to assist students and interested readers in identifying and understanding regional and provincial history, economy, literature, art, music, social customs and cultural life, historic sites, and provincial cuisine (recipes included). Organized into entries on the 18 regions and subdivided into the 50 provinces, this one-stop reference makes gathering information on each region and province easy. A map of each region and photos accompany the text.


The Regions of Spain is designed to provide students and interested readers with concise information on Spanish regional and provincial history, literature, art, music, and other facets of Hispanic civilization.

We live in a postideological age. Empires have departed, nations are losing their monolithic quality, and local regions, states, or provinces assert a new importance. Spain, always a strongly localized society, is now experiencing a new era of devolution from the purely national to the regional or local that makes this reexamination worthwhile. By using a new type of format, The Regions of Spain divides the historical, literary, and artistic aspects of Spain by region and province to explain the society within a local context.


This will always be the first entry in each chapter. It provides essential information pertaining to the regions, such as census data from 1990 and 1992. Spain is composed of eighteen regions, encompassing fifty provinces. Each of the eighteen chapters of this book follows exactly the same format.

To understand the importance of regionalism, a historical digression is necessary to provide perspective on this new unit of administration, which has existed only since 1978. In early times, Spanish society was a collection of scattered tribes colonized by Carthage, Greece, and Rome. After the long Roman period, civilization declined under the Goths but rose under the Muslims, at least until antagonism between Arabs and Berber newcomers . . .

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