Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them.
Spain: A History
Edited by Raymond Carr
Jacob L. Shapiro: As Catalonia has captured headlines in recent weeks, Spain captured my reading time. This book is a collection of essays by some of the best and most respected historians of Spain. It’s not the type of book that you sit down and read cover to cover – besides the topic, there’s not really a unified sense of style or voice in the writing. But there is a unified sense of the complexity of Spanish history and how, through the millennia, geography has shaped Spain and will continue do so in the future.
The book was published in 2000 – before 9/11, before the 2008 financial crisis, before the European Union began to sink slowly into its political quagmire – and so reflects those heady and optimistic times. Even a