Eugenia Afinoguénova’s The Prado: Spanish Culture and Leisure, 1819-1939 is a book that tells the history of Spain’s long nineteenth century and the tension between the aristocracy of old, the Bourbon dynasty, and the ways everyday Spaniards negotiated liberalism in that century. As historian Adrian Shubert points out in his A Social History of Modern Spain (Routledge, 1996), between 1812 and 1914, Spain had more years of constitutional, representative government than any continental European country, including France, if one considers the twenty years of the Second French Empire…

 

Check out my full review of The Prado: Spanish Culture and Leisure, 1819-1939, by Eugenia Afinoguénova

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