Monday, December 21, 2009

Spanish History at Spain Then and Now

While browsing online, I found a nice site for Spanish history. It is Overview of Spanish History at Spain Then and Now. It is easy to read and had a surprising amount of depth for a site clearly designed to generate revenue from Google Adsense ads.

The site notes:

Spain has a fascinating and varied history. Although there are prehistoric remains found in Spanish caves dating back more than 1,000,000 years, for many people Spain’s story begins much later with magnificent cave and rock paintings from about 15,000 to 5,000 years ago. Still, we don’t know who these early “painters” were and the meaning of their works is conjectural. So much of these early years is a mystery, including some remarkable dolmens (burial chambers) erected about 2,000 years ago, and the fabled kingdom of Tartessus (approximately 600 BC). Even the two groups that figure most prominently as the early inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula (present day Spain and Portugal), the Iberians and the Celts are something of a puzzle.

Here are a few example chapters from the site:

The Earliest Years

The Phoenicians in Spain

Granada to the 17th Century

The Political Scene: Spain in the 20th Century to Today

Mind you, the site is not perfect. Note this howler from the site, "The Romans controlled Spain for about 600 years, far longer than they did any other European country." Really? Like longer than Italy? Or how about the Eastern Roman Empire which lasted until the 15th Century and controlled Greece and the Balkans for much of that time? Did some of this material come from Wikipedia? Still, the site is a good overview and worth perusing.

1 comment:

David said...

Actually the author was a Spanish History and literature professor for 40 years and is writing for the pure pleasure of writing, not for any "Google/AdSense" revenues. He is also not using Wikipedia...