In This Review

By Salvador De Madariaga
Scribner, 1930, 507 pp

This latest volume in the "Modern World Series" is bound to overshadow most other recent books on Spain in English, and to attract much attention, not only because of the recent developments in the Spanish question, but because of the reputation of the author. Madariaga is a writer who represents a rare type of political publicism. Without losing himself in details he attempts to get at the root of matters and to stress the psychological elements in history and international relations. This procedure, though fascinating, may at times lead to dangerous generalization and hasty conclusions. But in a volume of this type the author has free scope, for his task is to summarize the chief characteristics of the Spanish people, their culture and their history, all by way of preface to an analysis of recent events. In discussing the latest developments it is, of course, impossible to stand aloof. Madariaga is frankly on the constitutional side, though he is not blind to the arguments of his opponents. There is much in this brilliant volume to interest the student of international relations. The chapters on the Moroccan question and on the vexed Catalan problem can be especially recommended.