By CHARLES E. CHAPMAN
THE indisputable fact that this publication is in nice half a precis, or choice, from one in every of mine, as is said within the Preface, makes it virtually an obligation for me to do what may in any occasion be a good excitement when it comes to a piece by means of Professor Chapman. I check with the obligation of writing a number of paragraphs when it comes to advent. yet, even as, this condition motives a undeniable clash of emotions in me, due to the fact not anyone, except it's a pedant, can act so freely in self-criticism as he might if he have been facing the paintings of one other. thankfully, Professor Chapman has included a lot of his personal harvest during this quantity, and to that i'll refer with whole loss of embarrassment.
Obviously, the plan and the hard work of condensing the entire fabric for a background of Spain represent in themselves a commendable fulfillment. in reality, there doesn't exist in any language of the area this present day a compendium of the heritage of Spain decreased to 1 quantity which will fulfill all the exigencies of the general public at huge and the desires of educating, with no an way over studying and of work. not one of the histories of my nation written in English, German, French, or Italian within the 19th century might be unqualifiedly prompt. a few, similar to that by way of Hume, entitled The Spanish humans, exhibit first-class attributes, yet those are followed by way of omissions to which smooth historiography can not consent. As a basic 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 attractive method, or certainly, they perpetuate mistakes and legends, lengthy due to the fact that discredited, with recognize to our previous and current lifestyles. we have now a few one-volume histories of Spain in Castilian that are to be instructed for the wishes of our personal secondary colleges, yet now not for these of a overseas state, whose scholars require one other demeanour of presentation of our background, for they need to practice an interrogatory excellent 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 entire 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