Spain: Reino de España (Kingdom of Spain)

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The modern Spanish state was founded with the marriage in 1469 of the heirs of the crowns of Castile and Aragon, respectively Isabel I and Fernando V. Under their joint reign Spain recovered Granada, the last Islamic territory in the Iberian peninsula and sponsored the modern discovery of America, both events in 1492. This dynasty ended in 1700 and subsequently the French Bourbon dynasty was enthroned, with Felipe V as its first king; the present monarch, Juan Carlos I, installed in 1975, is his direct descendant.


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Further Reading

  1. Conversi, D., The Basques, The Catalans and Spain. Hurst, London, 1997Google Scholar
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  4. Hooper, J., The New Spaniards. 2nd ed. [of The Spaniards] London. 1995Google Scholar
  5. Perez-Diaz, V. M., The Return of Civil Society: the Emergence of Democratic Spain. Harvard Univ. Press, 1993Google Scholar
  6. Powell, C. Juan Carlos of Spain: Self-Made Monarch. London and New York, 1996CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Preston, P., The Triumph of Democracy in Spain. London and New York, 1986CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Shields, G. J., Spain. [Bibliography] 2nd ed. Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1994Google Scholar
  9. Shubert, A., A Social History of Modern Spain. London. 1990CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. National library: Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid.Google Scholar
  11. National statistical office: Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE). Paseo de la Castellana, 183, Madrid.Google Scholar

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