Approaches to the History of Spain

Jaime Vicens Vives

translated from the Spanish by Joan Connelly Ullman
University of California Press 1970
A book review by Danny Yee © 1992
Approaches to the History of Spain is a very short introduction to Spanish history from prehistory to the civil war. Rather than a continuous narrative it is a collection of short essays on general topics. Vives, in the tradition of the Annales, covers social and economic trends as well as political events.

Approaches is a frustrating book in a way, since it goes into just enough detail about people and events to make you want to know more. But it is a decent introduction to its subject, with footnotes by the translator helping to fill in some of the background knowledge non-Spanish readers may lack. The only major problem is that the maps provided don't cover all the places mentioned in the text, forcing readers unfamiliar with Spanish geography to consult an atlas.

October 1992

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%T Approaches to the History of Spain
%A Vicens Vives, Jaime
%M Spanish
%F Ullman, Joan Connelly
%I University of California Press
%D 1970
%O paperback, 2nd edition, index
%G ISBN 0520014227
%P xxviii,189pp