About the reading. We have an excellent one volume simple history of Spain from beginning to the present. The Mark Williams book is exactly what we search for here at the Institute: reasonable price, good clear printing. But unfortunately it is now out of print so we all need to search around and get ourselves a good used copy OR settle for Kindle version. I just checked and there are a number on amazon used at about 25$. That is not outrageous but over that skip it. Barnes and Noble also have some. And there are other online sources. Also we have about 5 copies at the Institute bookstore so if you want to stop by during the daytime, just call our office at 408 864 4060 ask them if they are open and whether there are still Mark Williams books in bookshop.
The Story of Spain: The Dramatic History of Europe's Most Fascinating Country,
Golden Era Books; 2nd edition (August 1, 2009),
The book is a popular history of Spain and the Spanish Empire from prehistoric times to the present day. It provides description and analysis of political, social, economic and cultural events over the centuries, which together shaped the history of this distinctive country. The book offers 60 illustrations and maps, including 16 pages of color photographs, as well as lists of historic places to visit at the end of each chapter. There is a dynastic chart, suggested readings, and index.
". . . the dramatic historical pageant of Spain . . . engages the reader from first page to last." -- Midwest Book Review, January 2000
". . . written in a style that clearly allows the reader to grasp the intricacies of Spainâ€™s historical elements." -- Spain 21 Magazine, Spring 2001
"A vivid account of the country's origins and development as a nation..." -- David Baird, Lookout Magazine
"By far the best introduction for students in English to Spain's history and culture..." -- Paul Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Spanish, U.C.L.A.
"For a readable and thorough but not over-long account of Spanish history, The Story of Spain is hard to beat." -- Lonely Planet guide to Spain, 2002 edition
"The title of this work prepares us for what it is: a history of Spain..." --Ruth Bennett, CUNY, Hispania Magazine
GREAT CITIES OF SPAIN
During our year together studying the history of Spain, we will visit various cities of Spain during part two of some of our evenings. Here is a list of the cities that we will visit.
Week 5, Mérida
Week 6, Taragona
Week 7, Sevilla
Week 9, Santiago de Compostella
Week 13, Córdoba
Week 14, Burgos
Week 15, Toledo
Week 19, Barcelona
Week 21, León
Week 22, Zaragoza
Week 23, Segovia
Week 29, El Escorial
Week 30, Ávila