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1st Edition

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture

ISBN 9780415263535
Published October 12, 2001 by Routledge
616 Pages

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Book Description

Spain's rapid and successful transition from an outdated authoritative system to a modern parliamentary democracy has attracted worldwide interest. Some 750 alphabetically-arranged entries provide insights into the exciting cultural and political developments within Spain, including the cultures of Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque country. Coverage spans from the end of the Civil War in 1939 to the present day, with emphasis on the changes made since the demise of the Franco dictatorship in 1975. Culture is defined in its broadest sense encompassing a wide variety of subjects, including entries on:
Antonio Banderas
Detective fiction
Antonio GaudĂ­
St ock exchanges
Tennis Theatre
Entries range from shorter, factual articles to longer overview essays which offer an in-depth treatment of major issues. Annotated suggestions for further reading follow the longer articles and include both Spanish and English works. A comprehensive system of cross-referencing and a thematic contents list help the reader navigate a path through the entries.
The Encyclopedia provides a cultural context for students of Spanish, European Studies, Business and Management as well as providing a fascinating insight into Spanish culture for the general reader.


'This wide-ranging and well-organised work provides an excellent resource to be added to the reference collections of those requiring insights into cultural and political developments within Spain since the end of the Civil War. Everything from fashion to sport to science appears to fall under the term 'culture' here, and the list of contributors is an impressive one. ...there are some 750 alphabetically-arranged entries ranging from the shorter factual article to the larger overview essay, the latter featuring annotated suggestions for further reading in both English and Spanish. A thorough and comprehensive system of cross-references, a thematic contents list and a detailed subject index further aid accessibility in this tome, which successfully brings together high quality writing with the very best characteristics of an encyclopedia.' - British Bulletin of Publications

'Well-done and appealing, highly recommended for collections serving Iberian or European area or cultural studies.' - Choice