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READ Ë The Basue History of the World The Story of a Nation î [PDF] ✩ The Basue History of the World The Story of a Nation ❤ Mark Kurlansky – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk From Mark Kurlansky the bestselling author of Cod Salt and Birdseye—the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic peopleStraddliEans to eat corn and chili peppers and cultivate tobacco and were among the first to use chocolate Religion Ignatius Loyola a Basue founded the Jesuit religious order Business and politics they introduced capitalism and modern commercial banking to southern Europe Recreation they invented beach resorts jai alai and racing regattas and were the first Europeans to play sports with balls“A delectable portrait of an uncanny indomitable nation” –Newsday“Exciting Illuminating and thought provoking” –The Boston GlobeEntertaining and instructive Kurlansky’s approach is unorthodox mixing history with anecdotes poems with recipes” –The New York Times Book Revie. I've given up on rating this book because I have a lot of mixed feelings about it The Basue History of the World will serve those who want an introduction to Basue Culture well It covers both Basue History and the Basue perspective and participation in World History It is written with the best intentions too and this is easy to tell from Kurlansky's unprejudiced narration of a history that is hotly contested and told with too many biases by both Basues and SpaniardsMy first issue is that well Kurlansky can be a really boring writer I slogged through the first section wondering what all of these chapters had to do with anything Some of the chapters in this first section are referred to later but I would've preferred the book to be structured so that I didn't have to get an idea of what the writer was attempting to achieve in the latter half of the bookThe second is that this book is seriously begging to be proofread Names of locations particularly are constantly misspelled or spelled in different contradictory ways Either consolidate the names or explain why you're spelling them differently every sentence I really have to wonder what an unfamiliar reader will make of the explanation that Sabino Arana named the region 'Euzkadi' because z is a Basue sound than s only to spell it Euskadi conseuently Not to mention that Euskadi is the official name now rather than Euzkadi I have to object to the use of Basueland throughout the book which invokes the idea of a land of mythical creatures or possibly a theme park The Greater Region of Basue Country or Greater Region for short or even Basue Speaking lands are all appropriate and to the point Then there are the mistakes I saw Hondarribia being spelled as Hondaribbia or Hondarribía and its Spanish name Fuenterrabía as Fuenterabbía These are only a couple examples of the many in the bookThe third issue is that while I will disagree with reviewers who found this book to be pro terrorist propaganda really though and what would Kurlansky gain by writing pro terrorist propaganda as an uninvolved American there are a couple of pages where I thought he portrayed victims as opportunists I didn't think Kurlansky was spewing a load of lies or sharing propaganda but it seemed to me that in his effort to be unprejudiced about a delicate subject his sympathy for his subjects briefly overtook him Aside from said two pages I found the book to make as aforementioned an effort to remain objective This is all the obvious by its treatment of the Basue Nationalist Party and their exploits which Kurlansky characterizes as economically privileged with all that that entails and silly at turns See the whole Guggenheim Museum sectionAnd anyway it is hard to call a book ETA propaganda when only 4 of its 16 chapters devote any time to the terrorist group The author is actually concerned about the idea that Basue has come to be synonymous with ETA and the apparent goal of the book is to show the culture cuisine and language that Basueness is really about Instead of closing with a screed about the evil Spaniards Kurlansky shares scenes of a 'txarriboda' an occasion in which a rural community gathers to kill a pig make sausages chorizos and other pork products eat them and share jokes in Basue and Spanish both I guess you could argue that the murder of a pig is symbolic but then you'd probably be the reason why I choose to read books about Spanish History by foreign historians rather than homegrown onesAnd on that note if Kurlansky's writing didn't impress you and you wish to read of the whole of Spain rather than the Basues then I recommend Ghosts of Spain Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past by Giles Tremlett While also a light read rather than academic writing it should satisfy those cursorily intrigued by the country

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Ommerce Even today the Basues are enjoying what may be the most important cultural Basue History of the World eBook #9734 renaissance in their long existenceMark Kurlansky's passion for the Basue people and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout this fascinating book Like Cod The Basue History of the Worldblends human stories with economic political literary and culinary history into a rich and heroic taleAmong the Basues' greatest accomplishmentsExploration the first man to circumnavigate the globe Juan Sebastian de Elcano was a Basue and the Basues were the second Europeans after the Vikings in North America Gastronomy and agriculture they were the first Europ. 35 StarAn objective comprehensive yet simplified history of Basue from its beginning to the end of the 20th century I enjoy the easy conversational narrative style the author writes in Further I feel like the author doesn’t try to gloss over or make up excuses for some of the horrific acts perpetrated by the militant ETA who attempted to gain a Basue independence through violence despite indicating his strong sympathy toward the ultimate goals of the Basue people However I also feel like it’s a rather superficial overview of the Basue history Perhaps it’s the difficulty of trying to write a comprehensive yet concise overview of any subject In this book I feel like despite the numerous interesting historical figures who played significant roles in the history of the conflicts between the Basues and the Spanish I don’t think I remember any of the crucial player or perhaps that’s just my weak memory I just feel like the author doesn’t spend sufficient time to focus on those important figures Further the author also likes to jump to a different year and scenes before redoubling back to the initial subject or figure As a result sometimes the book feels confusing and disorganized Also I wish there were an updated version considering that it’s first published over 20 years ago I’m sure there have been a few interesting and significant changes By the way my interest in this subject is not particularly deep I first heard the term “Basue” from Athletic Bilbao in the game Football Manager All I knew was that the club exclusively recruited still do Basue players I’d also heard of the separatist movements trying to gain independence for Basue as a nation Overall this is a pretty good book to start with if you’re interested in this particular subject and if you didn’t know anything at all just like I was

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The Basue History of the World The Story of a NationFrom Mark History of MOBI #237 Kurlansky the bestselling author of Cod Salt and The Basue PDF Birdseye the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic peopleStraddling a small Basue History of PDF #199 corner of Spain and France in a land that is marked Basue History of the World eBook #9734 on no maps except their own the Basues are a puzzling contradiction they are Europe's oldest nation without ever having been a country No one has ever been able to determine their origins and even the Basues' language Euskera the most ancient in Europe is related to none other on earth For centuries their influence has been felt in nearly every realm from religion to sports to c. Looking back on reading this one I'm most fascinated by the fact that the author while slightly in awe of the legend of the Basue people is in no way afraid to show the ugly sides to their history as well I think most people who are interested regard the Basues as the eternal heroic outsiders But this book doesn't shy away from showing how often and how easily racism and anti semitism can arise in areas of strong nationalist identity The Basues share with the Celts the privilege of indulging in unrivaled extravagance on the subject of themselves was a uote from 1884 that was included in the book and gave me a bit of a wry laugh But like I said while he does poke fun at the Basue myth he also believes in it deep down and why wouldn't he The story he tells from prehistory to the present day ordinary people he meets while researching show a facinating people who seem full of contradictions; distrustful of outsiders yet imminently hospitable taciturn yet full of warmth and always ready to sing inward looking but also some of the greatest adventurers and seafarers the world has seen and later pioneering businessmen when capitalism was embryonic I did buy this book on holiday in Bilbao so it gets extra goodwill point for that but as a history book it's definitely up there with the really good ones I've read One thing the author deals with really well is unlike the early Basue nationalists he doesn't try to create a simple narrative in the evolution of Basue politics This was unusual for me to read because historians naturally enough I suppose like to tell a story which makes sense and has a clear sensible outcome This guy is a fisherman than a historian from what I gather and he tells the history of the wars and politics of the Basue country with all its twists and turns and strong opposing loyalties in a way that I feel gave me a better appreciation of the seeming contradictions of the modern day Basue political scene that I think an author looking for a clear cut narrative would not have How did a people and country renowned for being extremely religious come to be a place palpably leftwing than any place else I've been Many people in the history of the Basue country were staunchly royalist and this might seem counter intuitive to a modern politics tourist such as myself The reasons for all this are clear when you see where the various loyalties the country had got them or rather didn't get them in the long centuries that they've been struggling for self determination The Catholic church the monarchy the Carlists the liberals the anti Francoists and even though it came close the alliance in WWII none of them secured the Basues their self determination In the end gun toting revolutionariesterrorists take your pick could not do so either It's hard to know where the struggle goes next To paraphrase the author in a 100 or maybe even 1000 years there may not be a France or a Spain but there will still be Basues Anyway the book is also peppered throughout with recipes which I thought was delightful and history writers should take a leaf out of that particular book