Spain Table of Contents

The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals who wrote the 1976 edition of Spain: A Country Study: David P. Coffin, Eugene K. Keefe, James M. Moore, Jr., Robert Rinehart, and Susan H. Scurlock. Their work provided some portions of the text.

The authors are grateful to individuals in various agencies of the United States government and in international and private institutions who gave of their time, research materials, and special knowledge, providing both information and perspective. Officials at the World Bank and the United States Department of State were especially helpful in providing economic data. Similarly, officials of the United States Department of Defense supplied up-to-date information about Spain's defense forces. The staff of the Embassy of Spain in Washington also provided valuable assistance and material. Patrick Buckley made insightful comments on drafts of some of the text.

The authors also wish to thank those who contributed directly to the preparation of the manuscript. These include Richard F. Nyrop, who reviewed all drafts and served as liaison with the sponsoring agency; Richard Kollodge, Noel Beatty, Evan Raynes, and Gage Ricard, who edited the chapters; Martha E. Hopkins, who managed editing and book production; and Barbara Edgerton, Janie L. Gilchrist, and Izella Watson, who did the word processing. Carolyn Hinton performed the final prepublication editorial review, and Shirley Kessel, of Communicators Connections, compiled the index. Diann J. JOhnson and Malinda B. Neale of the Library of Congress Printing and Processing Sections performed phototypesetting, under the supervision of Peggy Pixley.

David P. Cabitto, who was assisted by Sandra K. Cotugno and Kimberly A. Lord, provided invaluable graphics support. Susan M. Lender reviewed the map drafts, which were prepared by Kimberly A. Lord and Greenhorne and O'Mara. Kimberly A. Lord also deserves special thanks for designing the illustrations for the book's cover and the title page of each chapter. Many photographs were graciously supplied by the National Tourist Office of Spain in New York and the Embassy of Spain in Washington.

The authors also would like to thank several individuals who provided research support. Arvies J. Staton supplied information on ranks and insignia, and Karen M. Sturges-Vera authored the section on geography in chapter 2.


Like its predecessor, this study is an attempt to treat in a compact and objective manner the dominant historical, social, economic, political, and military aspects of contemporary Spain. Sources of information included scholarly books, journals, and monographs, official reports of governments and international organizations, numerous periodicals, and interviews with individuals having special competence in Spanish affairs. Measurements are given in the metric system. The Bibliography lists published sources thought to be particularly helpful to the reader.

Although there are numerous variations, Spanish surnames generally consist of two parts: the patrilineal name followed by the matrilineal. In the instance of Felipe Gonzalez Marquez, for example, Gonzalez is his father's surname, and Marquez, his mother's maiden name. In non-formal use, the matrilineal name is often dropped. Thus, after the first mention, we have usually referred simply to Gonzalez. A minority of individuals use only the patrilineal name.

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