The New Spaniards, Paperback Book
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A fully revised, expanded and updated edition of this masterly portrayal of contemporary Spain.The restoration of democracy in 1977 heralded a period of intense change that continues today.

Spain has become a land of extraordinary paradoxes in which traditional attitudes and contemporary preoccupations exist side by side.

Focussing on issues which affect ordinary Spaniards, from housing to gambling, from changing sexual mores to rising crime rates.

John Hooper's fascinating study brings to life the new Spain of the twenty-first century.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780141016092

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Hooper's "the New Spaniards" focuses on how Spanish society has evolved following the introduction of democrary in Spain in the late 1970s. Topics covered include modern culture and art, feminism, regionalism/separatism and the history of the political parties.Many many of these topics may suggest lush and sensational accounts of modern Spain, but instead Hooper relies on history, economics, statistics and law to convey his viewpoints. (He does a brilliant job comparing Spain with other European countries especially.)While this makes his points convincing and irreproachable, I found that his reliance on "hard" facts made the text feel a bit dry and difficult. I was left wishing for more of his personal opinion, because he had demonstrated his intelligence and wit between the lines.One disclaimer: The book was first published in 1986. Even though it's been recently updated, many of the chapters feel a little dated.Read if: You're a fan of history, law and governments, or if you're looking for a well-researched book about Spain.Avoid if: You're looking for a quick, fun read on the day-to-day lives of Spanish people.