By CHARLES E. CHAPMAN
THE undeniable fact that this ebook is in nice half a precis, or choice, from one among mine, as is said within the Preface, makes it virtually an obligation for me to do what might in any occasion be an excellent excitement on the subject of a piece via Professor Chapman. I check with the obligation of writing a number of paragraphs when it comes to creation. yet, whilst, this condition motives a undeniable clash of emotions in me, given that not anyone, until it's a pedant, can act so freely in self-criticism as he may 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 whole loss of embarrassment.
Obviously, the plan and the hard work of condensing the entire fabric for a historical past of Spain represent in themselves a commendable fulfillment. in reality, there doesn't exist in any language of the area this day a compendium of the background of Spain diminished to 1 quantity which will fulfill all the exigencies of the general public at huge and the desires of training, with out an way over interpreting and of work. not one of the histories of my kingdom written in English, German, French, or Italian within the 19th century may be unqualifiedly advised. a few, reminiscent of that by means of Hume, entitled The Spanish humans, exhibit first-class attributes, yet those are observed by way of omissions to which sleek historiography can not consent. As a common rule those histories are altogether too political in personality. At different instances they offend from an way over 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 a fascinating means, or certainly, they perpetuate blunders and legends, lengthy given that discredited, with admire to our earlier and current existence. now we have a few one-volume histories of Spain in Castilian that are to be steered for the wishes of our personal secondary colleges, yet no longer for these of a international kingdom, whose scholars require one other demeanour of presentation of our historical past, for they need to follow an interrogatory perfect that's varied from ours of their research of the deeds of one other people,—all the extra so if that folks, just like the Spanish, has mingled within the lifetime of approximately the total global and been the sufferer of the calumnies and fanciful whims of historians, politicians, and travellers.
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