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HISPANIST HUGH THOMAS DIES IN LONDON

British historian and hispanist Hugh Thomas died at his home in London at the age of 85, according to the Spanish newspaper ABC, in which he collaborated.

 


Thomas was the author of the book “The Spanish Civil War”, published by Ruedo Ibérico in Paris in 1961, a clandestine title in the Franco regime and among his works are highlighting: “The formation of Hernán Cortés”, “I, Moctezuma, emperor of The Aztecs “,” The slave trade “,” The Cuban revolution “,” The Spanish Empire of Columbus to Magellan “or” Barreiros, the motor of Spain “or “The conquest of Mexico”.
  
This hispanist was already arguing in 1990 that many British Conservatives and Labour politicians were suspicious of the European Community and believed that the Unity of Europe meant losing the identity and sovereignty of our country, according to he told EFE.
  
About Hernán Cortés, he wrote that “he never used violence gratuitously, he was never cruel because of sadism and when he used armed terror he did it in order to win the war”, emphasized the British historian Hugh Thomas, whose work “The conquest of Mexico” has just been translated into Spanish.
  
And on Jovellanos, he said that he was “a frustrated art critic” who, however, left for Spain’s history “his legend of unshakable honesty, patriotism and courage” along with his “fascination with new ideas.”
   
The historian also maintained that after Christopher Columbus, Spain and America were twin souls in their development and ways of life.
  
May 8, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

 

Grammar notes: noun, coordinating conjuctions


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Del deceso de un conocido historiador.
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Del ingreso hospitalario de un historiador.
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Del fallecimiento de un historiador español.
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Este autor murió en la capital del Reino Unido.
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Este autor murió en Irlanda.
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Este autor murió en un barrio cercano a Londres.
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En la noticia se dice que...
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Thomas nunca estuvo interesado en escribir sobre algunos episodios de la historia de España.
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Thomas publicó varias obras relacionadas con la historia de España y de América.
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Thomas escribió obras sobre la historia de las principales potencias europeas.
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Sobre Hernán Cortés, Thomas lo presentó como una persona cruel.
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Verdadero.
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Falso.
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No se sabe.
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¿Con qué relacionas a Hernán Cortés?
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Con la España de la Ilustración.
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Con la conquista de México.
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Con la conquista de Perú.
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¿Con qué relacionas a Jovellanos?
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Con la España de la Ilustración del siglo XVIII.
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Con el descubrimiento de América.
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Con la conquista de México.
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“Franquismo” hace referencia...
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A una persona muy franca.
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Al periodo durante el régimen de Francisco Franco.
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A un movimiento artístico.
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En el contexto de la noticia, 'trata' se refiere...
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Al comercio de personas como esclavos.
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Al asunto de un problema.
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A la forma de comportarse con otras personas.
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Algo que es 'inquebrantable'...
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No se puede romper.
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No se pone en duda.
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Se rompe con mucha facilidad.
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En general, el 'patriotismo' lo relacionas con...
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Los bienes patrimoniales que tiene una persona.
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El amor que siente una persona hacia su país.
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Un movimiento literario.
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