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"The peoples of Spain". Here we read with great rigor all the possible aspects of the peoples of the Iberian Peninsular.

The first part of the work focuses on the Ancient History of Spain, from the Palaeolithic to the Romanization, with particular emphasis in the pre-roman peoples who lived in Iberia: linguistics, society, material civilization.

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AND is that Julio Caro Baroja, probably from the Spanish Anthropology the best representative that has taken our country, he wrote in "the peoples of Spain" the most comprehensive of the ethnographic studies of Spain that had been made to date of its completion in 1946 ... and it remains so. Now you can not call attention to its approach (although it remains unsurpassed by its depth and comprehensiveness), but in those years was a incredible novelty.

"The peoples of Spain" raises an ethnological study in its second volume, with a different approach. There is no question here of a historical study, but fully focused on the ethnology of Spain, although with multiple historical references-.

Caro Baroja divided into etnoregiones Spain with their different characteristics. Discusses all aspects of the material life and intangible in these regions ethnic spanish (popular art, structures of room, marriage customs in Spain, forms of agricultural life and livestock, folklore, mythology, rituals ... and of course the holidays in Spain with a degree of unsurpassed depth.

Anthropology of the peoples of Spain Thus becomes our days in a work of historical value incalculable. What in 1946 was a masterpiece of ethnography in Spain, the advance of industrialization and urbanization of our country has become a masterpiece on the life and thought of our parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents (here we are dependent on the age of each one ... ).

This does not mean that in this work of anthropology on Spain Some features of the Spanish and the Spanish culture cannot be observed today: in fact, some are of tremendous today, as the persistence of caste "spanish", that are perpetuated through the nepotism.

Why does the Anthropology of the peoples of Spain In Julio Caro Baroja is a masterpiece novel? Now it is normal, but then all the studies with components ethnographic or historical-geographic that had been made in Spain (and the majority of foreigners also) exudes "essentialism" and "metaphysics" on the be deep and eternal of determined people - the "being" Hispanic", the "Russian soul" … -, very much in line with the idea of the volkgeist. The work of Julio Caro Baroja breaks with this tradition to assume characters eternal to a people, to do, simply, good ethnography.

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