Few countries have a history as rich and vast as Spain. Only China, France or the United Kingdom can compare with our country, which began to flourish geographically with the arrival of the Romans (until then, the Iberian Peninsula was a region full of peoples scattered throughout, but little unity with) each other) and nationally with the Catholic Monarchs in the fifteenth century. Spain has gone through several phases throughout history (from a position of world domination to practically sinking into the abyss of the West and then revived with a more recent modal transition).
These circumstances mean that there are not many figures in our country who have left their mark on history (whether for better or for worse). Thus, over the past 400 years, there has been some reference to everything from Richelieu, the architect of the French impulse in the 17th century that took world hegemony from Spain, to Hitler or Churchill, who spoke about Spain and the Spaniards. Is. ,
Also important figures such as Napoleon, who began to weaken after the defeat in Spain; Otto von Bismarck, the main architect of the unification of Germany a century and a half ago; Or, Thomas Jefferson, one of the fathers of the independence of the United States (to which both Spain and France made decisive contributions), the third president of the North American country and admirer of Don Quixote.
Here are some phrases:
Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642):
“It is absolutely true that the Spaniards aspire to world domination, because so far, the only thing that has prevented it is the expansion of their domains and their lack of numbers”
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826):
“The Ancient History of the United States Is Written in Spanish”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), after being defeated in Spain:
“The Spaniards all behaved as a man of respect. I misjudged the subject that; immorality must have been too obvious; injustice is too blasphemous and it’s all too bad, because it has suffocated”
Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898):
“Spain is the strongest country in the world. The Spanish have been trying to destroy it for centuries and they have not succeeded.
Winston Churchill (1874–1965):
“Spaniards are proud people who do not ignore insults”
Joseph Stalin (1878–1953):
“The Spaniards are brave but reckless. Madrid was almost in communist hands and suddenly other forces took over and started killing the communists.”
Adolf Hitler (1889–1945), when he was suggested to invade Spain:
“Not at all. The Spanish once ruled the world, it’s really the only brave Mediterranean people, they’ll organize guerrillas behind us. You can’t enter Spain without the Spaniards’ permission”
Henry Kissinger (1923):
“When Spain is important, it is also dangerous”