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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. Chapter bibliographies appear at the end of the book; brief comments on sources recommended for further reading appear at the end of each chapter. Measurements are given in the metric system; a conversion table is provided to assist readers unfamiliar with metric measurements (see table 1, Appendix ). A glossary is also included.

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.

Data as of December 1988