Many map users have wondered why Portugal, sharing with Spain the Iberian Peninsula, ever became a separate nation. That question is answered with remarkable clarity by Dan Stanislawski. This book also presents an analysis of the factors that produce separate nations and offers a study of the evolution of national cultures generally, especially as they apply to Portugal.
Dan Stanislawski (1903–1997) was head of the Geography Department at the University of Arizona. He was deeply interested in unique cultures around the world, particularly in those of Spanish and Portuguese extraction. He traveled widely in Europe and in the Americas searching for reasons for the persistence of individuality in regional cultures, and he lived for extensive periods in Latin America and in Mediterranean areas.
1. Landforms of Northwest and West Iberia
2. The Climate of Western Iberia
3. The Soils of Northern and Western Iberia
4. Vegetation Regions of Northern and Western Iberia
5. Prehistoric Immigrants into Iberia
6. Early Central European Influences in Iberia
7. Contacts between the Ancient Civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean and Iberia
8. The Period of Roman Conquest and Control
9. The Germanic Conquest
10. Moslem Domination
11. The Reconquest of Iberia
12. Final Steps toward Portuguese Independence
13. Completion of the Portuguese State
14. Development of Portuguese International Relations
15. The Geography of Portuguese-Spanish Boundaries
16. Environment and Culture
17. The Geographical Basis of Portuguese Political Independence: A Summation
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