Descargar Spanisch Vignettes: An Offbeat Look Into Spain S Culture, Society And History por Norman Berdichevsky Epub y PDF
Norman BerdichevskySpain is the "Florida of Europe." Both places have a very large population of recent migrants, many of them retirees from more northerly climes. This analogy also applies to the amazing rise in living standards, economic development and house prices in both places. The large demand is driven by the migrants who are competing with the locals for scarce resources--especially land and water. It explains the presence of so many golf courses and the skyrocketing cost of new construction for housing along the Spanish Mediterranean Coastlines--Costa Del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa Calida and Costa Brava. The book is divided into thirty-four themes that may be read in any order. They are also cross-referenced and include an intimate insider look at Spanish football, bullfighting, Basque pelota (Jai-alai), religion, the Muslim minority in the shadow of Bin-Laden, the foreign influence along the coasts, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Campostela, the Gypsies and the question of just how Catholic Spain is today. Topics covered include: --the controversy over Gibraltar; --Spain's exclaves within Moroccan territory (Ceuta and Mellila); --the Basque nationalist cause and ETA; --the Jewish contribution to Spanish culture; --the achievements of the Golden Age of medieval Spain and the Three Religions; --the Reconquest; Contributions of the Jews and the Moors; their expulsion --the causes and consequences of the Civil War; --the centuries long rivalry between Spain and Portugal --Great Spanish composers and the Zarzuela
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