1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Spanish History

Edited By Andrew Dowling Copyright 2024
    534 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook offers comprehensive coverage of the history of Spain, exploring key themes and events in four broad but not necessarily rigid temporal categories: medieval, early modern, nineteenth century and twentieth century.


    The volume situates Spanish history firmly within the broader patterns unfolding across the European continent, emphasizing Spain’s active participation in the processes that determined the development of modern European society. With chapters from leading scholars from both Spanish and international universities, the book helps fill long-standing gaps in European history. This handbook provides original contributions on broad themes in Spanish history which are also accessible syntheses of the most recent scholarship.


    Making the latest research in Spanish history more widely accessible to an international audience, The Routledge Handbook of Spanish History is an essential reference point for students and scholars of Spain, as well as those working in comparative European history.


    Part 1: Medieval

    1. The Reconquest in Spanish Historiography

    Martín Federico Ríos Saloma

    2. War in Medieval Spain: A Militarised Society?

    Carlos de Ayala Martínez

    3. The Transformation of the Medieval Iberian Economy 1200-1500

    Esther Pascua Echegaray

    4. Minorities in the Medieval and Pre-Modern Christian Spains

    Brian A. Catlos

    5. The Spanish Monarchy, 1450 to 1600

    José Javier Ruiz Ibáñez

    6. Spanish Imperial Expansion 1500 to 1600

    Andrew W. Devereux

    7. Spanish National Myths and their Conception of the Middle Ages

    Vicent Baydal

    Part 2: Early Modern

    8. Economic Growth and Inequality: Three Centuries of Spanish Economic Development, 1500–1800

    Fernando Ramos

    9. Social Change in Early Modern Spain (1600-1800)

    Raúl Molina Recio

    10. Cities and Urban Life in Early Modern Spain

    Marina Torres Arce

    11. Spain’s Political Relations with Spanish America in the Early Modern Period

    Francisco Eissa Barroso

    12. The Rural Worlds in Early Modern Spain: Different, Dynamic and Changing

    Rosa Congost

    13. British and French Influence and the Development of a National Market in Spain, 1650-1808

    Guillermo Pérez Sarrión

    14. The Press and the Emergence of Public Opinion in the Spanish Enlightenment

    Elisabel Larriba

    Part 3: Nineteenth Century

    15. Spanish Political Development 1808 to 1868

    Mark Lawrence

    16. Spanish Foreign Policy 1808 to 1902: From Empire to Peripheral Power

    Juan Carlos Pereira Castañares

    17. The Idea of the Spanish Nation, 1808 to 1898

    Ferran Archiles

    18. Women and Gender in Nineteenth Century Spain. A History of Their Own

    Mónica Burguera López

    19. Spanish Orientalism 

    Angel Smith

    20. Liberalism and Corruption in the Nineteenth Century: Money, Power and Connections

    María Antonia Peña Guerrero

    21. The Brains, the Guts, and the Numbers: Political and Ideological Conflicts in Spain (1845-1898)

    Gregorio Alonso

    22. Tradition and Modernity in Spanish Elections (1876-1923)

    Rosa Ana Gutiérrez Lloret

    23. Republicanism in Spain: The Struggle for Liberty, 1840–1931

    Florencia Peyrou

    24. Spain and its Colonial Wars, 1858 to 1927

    Alfonso Iglesias Amorín

    25. Women’s Work in Contemporary Spain (1856-1930): Myths and Experiences

    Cristina Borderías

    Part 4: Twentieth Century

    26. The Demographic Modernisation of Spain in the Twentieth Century

    Andreu Domingo and Joaquin Recaño

    27. Alfonso XIII: A Reckless Driver

    Francisco J. Romero Salvadó

    28. Cultures of Catholicism and Secularism in Spain, 1898-1939

    Julio de la Cueva

    29. The Anarchist Movement 1871-1939

    Danny Evans

    30. Peasant Men and Women in Spain, 1900 to 1936

    Teresa María Ortega López

    31. Transnational Influences on the Ideology of the Spanish Right, 1920 to 1936

    Steven Forti

    32. The Spanish Civil War

    Miguel Angel del Arco Blanco and José Luis Ledesma

    33. Conservatives and the Spanish Nation (1923-1978)

    Alejandro Quiroga

    34. Galicia, 1916-1982: Culture, Politics and Identity

    Ramon Villares

    35. Political and Cultural Identities in the Basque Country, 1930-1980

    Antonio Rivera

    36. Catalonia 1930 to 1980: Society and Identity

    Jaume Claret

    37. The Spanish Anti-Liberal Right and the Question of Gender, 1931–1975

    Zira Box Varela

    38. What was the Franco Regime?

    Carme Molinero

    39. The Franco Regime and its Responses to Social Change

    Antonio Cazorla-Sánchez

    40. Narratives of the Rural World and the Question of Modernity in Franco’s Spain

    Jean-Francois Lejeune

    41. Political Cultures of the Spanish Left, 1939 to 1982

    Pere Ysàs

    42. Transnational Influences on Spanish Political Culture, 1960 to 1982

    Paola Lo Cascio

    43. The Transition to Democracy. The Creation and Crisis of a Myth

    Xavier Casals Meseguer

    44. The Spanish Civil War, Francoism and Historical Memory

    Peter Anderson


    Andrew Dowling is an Associate Professor in Spanish History at Cardiff University. Amongst his main publications are Catalonia: A New History (Routledge 2022); The Rise of Catalan Independence: Spain’s Territorial Crisis (Routledge 2018) and Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War: Reconstructing the Nation (Sussex Academic Press 2012).