Américo Castro (1885-1972), Civilization -- Historiography, Albert A. Sicroff


This essay aims in essence to echo what the late great Hispanist Albert A. Sicroff suggested in an article published over forty years ago, in the winter preceding Américo Castro's death. Sicroff said of Castro, "Despite his critics, he has made formidable contributions toward understanding what went on within that Spanish morada vital to produce some of the most magnificent expressions of human existence the world has known." Indeed, Castro faced many critics as he flourished as one of the twentieth century's most prestigious scholars of Spanish history and culture. Yet his critics, as Sicroff has explained, often demonstrated a misunderstanding of the very concepts they rejected, resorting to oversimplified versions of Castro's thought, "full of distortions and omissions." While Sicroff addressed a body of criticism centered in the nineteen-fifties and sixties, it is unfortunate to find that historians of the past half-century have changed very little in their approach to Castro's scholarship.



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