By CHARLES E. CHAPMAN
THE undeniable fact that this ebook is in nice half a precis, or choice, from one in all mine, as is said within the Preface, makes it nearly an obligation for me to do what may in any occasion be an outstanding excitement in relation to a piece through Professor Chapman. I discuss with the obligation of writing a couple of paragraphs in terms of advent. yet, while, this situation factors a undeniable clash of emotions in me, because nobody, until it's a pedant, can act so freely in self-criticism as he could if he have been facing the paintings of one other. thankfully, Professor Chapman has integrated a lot of his personal harvest during this quantity, and to that i could refer with whole loss of embarrassment.
Obviously, the plan and the hard work of condensing all the fabric for a background of Spain represent in themselves a commendable success. in reality, there doesn't exist in any language of the area this day a compendium of the historical past of Spain decreased to 1 quantity which will fulfill the entire exigencies of the general public at huge and the wishes of training, with out an way over examining and of work. not one of the histories of my state written in English, German, French, or Italian within the 19th century will be unqualifiedly suggested. a few, resembling that by way of Hume, entitled The Spanish humans, exhibit first-class attributes, yet those are observed by means of omissions to which sleek historiography can not consent. As a normal rule those histories are altogether too political in personality. At different instances they offend from an far more than bookish erudition and from an absence of a private effect of what our everyone is, in addition to from a failure to relate their tale in an enticing approach, or certainly, they perpetuate blunders and legends, lengthy considering that discredited, with appreciate to our previous and current existence. we now have a few one-volume histories of Spain in Castilian that are to be steered for the desires of our personal secondary colleges, yet now not for these of a overseas kingdom, whose scholars require one other demeanour of presentation of our background, for they must observe an interrogatory perfect that's diversified from ours of their research of the deeds of one other people,—all the extra so if that individuals, just like the Spanish, has mingled within the lifetime of approximately the full global and been the sufferer of the calumnies and fanciful whims of historians, politicians, and travellers.
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A HISTORY OF SPAIN : founded on the Historia de España y de la civilización española of Rafael Altamira by CHARLES E. CHAPMAN