History of Spain, or history of the Spaniards. The decision to use a term to describe the three thousand years of peninsular chronicles is difficult for a historian at the end if the century has ended. So begins "Brief History of Spain", the monumental book by Fernando Garcia de Cortazar that is almost 30 years old and is probably the most popular Spanish history book.
Garcia de Cortazar's original approach to Spain's history was co-written with Jose Manuel Gonzalez Vesga (his disciple since 1990). It was published in 1994 by Alianza Editorial. The author explained that history is more than the story of heroes and kings. It also includes the stories of the plow, the sheep, sea voyages, bureaucracy and laws, as well as the memories of those who suffered the pain and exploitation.
The great success of "Brief history Spain" was to reconcile the Spanish and their past. The successes of the Spanish history, from the Franco regime to the black legend, were overshadowed only by its failures. Garcia de Cortazar was able to change that perception. The historian said that the history of Spain was not known because they had told us wrong, or simply because they didn't tell us. There had been many crises and wavering over the past 3,000 years, as well as economic successes and hopes for improvement. Garcia de Cortazar claimed that "Machado and Lorca are the history" of Spain. However, not all was bad. In an interview with this newspaper, the historian stated that Spaniards were left without a nation in order to challenge Francoism.
Reissued without ceasing to be published (in its last update, it included the Ukraine War), "Brief History of Spain" has been the history text of many generations of Spaniards. This made Garcia de Cortazar proud. He signed copies of his work at Madrid Book Fair in just one month.