What does it mean to be Spanish? Where do they live and who are their heroes? What do they believe and how do they earn a living? How do they love and what are their attitudes to death? This introduction to Spanish studies explores the notion of "Spanishness" through ten key themes. Starting with history and the influences of Europe and Latin America on Spanish identity, the author goes on to examine issues of place and language, before discussing iconic Spanish figures such as Don Quixote and Don Juan. The book looks at the Spanish attitudes to love and death, as well as covering discussions of schooling, home life and the workplace. It also features topics like political corruption and religious orthodoxy, Basque nationalism and Andalusion fiestas.