Juan Carlos of Spain

Self-Made Monarch

  • Charles Powell

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Charles Powell
    Pages 1-26
  3. Charles Powell
    Pages 27-44
  4. Charles Powell
    Pages 45-61
  5. Charles Powell
    Pages 62-84
  6. Charles Powell
    Pages 85-111
  7. Charles Powell
    Pages 112-138
  8. Charles Powell
    Pages 139-156
  9. Charles Powell
    Pages 157-180
  10. Charles Powell
    Pages 181-205
  11. Charles Powell
    Pages 206-214
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 215-253

About this book


Widely acknowledged as a key figure in Spain's remarkable transition to democracy following General Franco's death in 1975, King Juan Carlos consolidated his reputation as a champion of democracy by aborting the attempted military coup of 23 February 1981. This political biography of the Spanish monarch sheds new light on his childhood, the process whereby he became Franco's successor in 1969, his subsequent contribution to his nation's democratization, and his role as constitutional monarch since 1978, both at home and abroad.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Charles Powell
    • 1
  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeOxfordUK

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