About – Spanish history and culture
Before I started Iberianature, I had planned on putting together a dictionary of Spain. In the end, I shelved the project and began Iberianature as a guide to the wildlife and geography of Spain. For several reasons, I’ve now decided to pick up on the Spain dictionary project. Since abandoning it, Internet has mushroomed and Wikipedia is now a usually excellent source on Spanish historical and cultural matters. Many other specialist sites have also grown up. So why bother writing about something which is already amply covered?
- It includes personal opinions and experiences. If I feel like calling Manuel Fraga a reactionary Francoist, I will. Wikipedia necessarily cannot do this.
- Some of the subjects I intend to cover have not, as yet, been dealt with adequately / at all by Wikipedia in English.
- Some people like their information presented alphabetically.
- Some of the stuff I’ve written on nature and geography can logically be linked into a general guide to Spain (dehesa, farming, wolves etc)
- Entries will be in English but many will be able to be accessed either from the Spanish or English term gripe española or Spanish flu.
- I also want to look at popular expressions in current use and talk about their origin – for example: Contra Franco vivíamos mejor (We lived better against Franco)
I ain’t got one. I might include whatever I happen to be reading about, something I hear or something someone tells me. This is the same chaotic approach as I’ve used with Iberianature proper. So far not much is done. Examples: