Routledge, Oct 28, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 pages
Studying Spanish? Spending a year-out in Spain? Or maybe going to work there? Then you'll need this handbook of contemporary Spain and the Spanish language. Revised and expanded, and packed with essential information on politics, economy and institutions, it covers the basics that are taken for granted by most Spaniards. This new edition includes recent events such as the 2004 Madrid bombings and the subsequent election of a socialist government, ETA's 2006 ceasefire and its later revocation, and the country's recent economic success. Each chapter also contains a Spanish/English glossary giving guidance on the use of specialist terms in context. This handbook is invaluable for all those with a wish to learn more about Spain, its language and its people.
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Introduction Contemporary Spain in context
Chapter 1 The Spanish state
Chapter 2 Political parties
Chapter 3 Regionalization and regionalism
Chapter 4 The European tier of government
Chapter 5 The Spanish economy
Chapter 6 Social challenges
Chapter 7 Social welfare health and education
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