Apologia and Criticism

Historians and the History of Spain, 1500-2000

by Gonzalo Pasamar (Author)
Monographs VIII, 293 Pages


This book is the first modern overview of the history of historiography in Spain. It covers sources from Juan de Mariana’s History of Spain, written at the end of the sixteenth century, up to current historical writings and their context.
The main objective of the book is to shed light on the continuities and breaks in the ways that Spanish historians represented ideas of Spain. The concept of historiography used is wide enough to span not only academic works and institutions but also public uses of history, including the history taught in schools. The methodology employed by the author combines the tradition of studies of national identity with those of historiography. One of the key themes in the book is the role of the historical profession in Spain and its influence on national discourse from the nineteenth century onwards.


VIII, 293
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (January)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. VIII, 293 pp.

Biographical notes

Gonzalo Pasamar (Author)

Gonzalo Pasamar was awarded his doctorate in history from the University of Saragossa, Spain, in 1986. He is currently associate professor of modern history at the same university, where he began lecturing in 1988, and has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His main field of research is the history of historiography, on which he has published several books and articles. He has participated in various research projects and recently supervised a project financed by the regional government of Aragón.


Title: Apologia and Criticism