Category Archives: Spain

The Barcelona Complex: Lionel Messi and the Making–and Unmaking–of the World’s Greatest Soccer Club

Simon Kuper writes in this 2021 book: * By 1970, they had developed a revolutionary new brand of football, one that would help shape the sport for the next fifty years, especially in the Netherlands and Barcelona. Ajax people didn’t … Continue reading

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Moorish Spain: A Successful Multicultural Paradise? Part 2

F. Roger Devlin writes: It is more difficult to generalize about the situation of Jews in Moorish Spain. Visigothic law regarding the Jewish community was harsh, and designed to make it disappear eventually. Accordingly, as mentioned above, Spanish Jews formed … Continue reading

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Moorish Spain: A Successful Multicultural Paradise?

F. Roger Devlin writes: The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain by Dario Fernandez-Morera Wilmington: ISI Books, 2016 Dario Fernandez-Morera, of Cuban extraction, is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at … Continue reading

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Hitler Admired Jews

The conventional wisdom is that Hitler and the Nazis despised Jews and thought they were vermin. The truth is closer to the opposite — they feared Jews because of their high intelligence and drive. I’m rereading Paul Johnson‘s classic, Modern … Continue reading

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