BOOKS ON THE HISTORY OF SPAIN: read BEFORE YOUR TRIP TO TAKE THE MOST OUT OF IT!
Next Sunday is April 23rd, Saint George’s Day and International Day of Books. If you are planning a trip to Spain, what a better way to prepare than reading a few Spanish history books? You’ll be able to understand much better the sites you’ll be visiting as well as the local culture. Spain and Catalonia have a long history that dates back from the Romans, and even further, the Greek, the Cartagenean and the Iberian. Plus some specific periods of our history are totally fascinating… Make sure to read about the ones that you are most interested BEFORE you come, so you can ask the right questions to your tour guides and get the best possible picture.
This is our curated selection of books about Spanish history:
This book is also about the Spanish civil war, and it was written by a great author, George Orwell, who is famous for his books “Animal Farm” and “1984”. George Orwell is considered to be the best author explaining political and social situations that may be seen as complex through novels and fictional stories, yet is also remarked by he’s objectivity in such topics. Homage to Catalonia stands out in Orwell’s bibliography, as it is one of his only 3 books that are nonfiction, since his other 6 books are novels. Homage to Catalonia brings the reader to a very realistic and personal perspective of the Spanish History, because Orwell went to Spain in 1936 to write a report about the Spanish Civil War, and ended up joining the republicans to fight against Francisco Franco. This Spanish history book is key to understand the republican side and the political parties that were involved, and reveals the dispute between them once they obtained control of certain territories, such as Barcelona.
AND BONUS! The Spanish history book that helps you understanding why the Catalans don’t want to be part of Spain anymore:
What is your favorite book on the history of Spain?
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