By CHARLES E. CHAPMAN
THE proven fact that this booklet is in nice half a precis, or choice, from considered one of mine, as is acknowledged within the Preface, makes it virtually an obligation for me to do what might in any occasion be an outstanding excitement on the subject of a piece by means of Professor Chapman. I seek advice from the obligation of writing a couple of paragraphs in terms of creation. yet, while, this situation explanations a definite clash of emotions in me, considering that nobody, until or not it's a pedant, can act so freely in self-criticism as he could if he have been facing the paintings of one other. thankfully, Professor Chapman has integrated a lot of his personal harvest during this quantity, and to that i could refer with complete loss of embarrassment.
Obviously, the plan and the exertions of condensing the entire fabric for a historical past of Spain represent in themselves a commendable fulfillment. actually, 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 can fulfill the entire exigencies of the general public at huge and the wishes of training, with out an way over analyzing and of work. not one of the histories of my nation written in English, German, French, or Italian within the 19th century may be unqualifiedly urged. a few, equivalent to that by way of Hume, entitled The Spanish humans, show first-class attributes, yet those are observed by means of omissions to which glossy 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 enticing means, or certainly, they perpetuate blunders and legends, lengthy in view that discredited, with recognize to our previous and current lifestyles. we now have 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 kingdom, whose scholars require one other demeanour of presentation of our background, for they need to follow an interrogatory excellent that's assorted 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 full 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