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Ruth MacKay

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Ruth MacKay is a historian with special expertise in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and a former journalist.  She has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a lecturer.  Dr. MacKay worked as a writer and editor for Stanford University, where she was also a visiting scholar. She has published three books on various aspects of early modern Iberia as well as a wide range of academic articles. Dr. MacKay lived in Spain during the 1980s, the famed “transition to democracy” -- a subject she also has written about -- and she returns often to conduct research and visit her former home.

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Across Northern Spain and Portugal

17 days | Starting at: $5,978
Oct 4, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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Cruising the Rivieras of Italy, France, and Spain

9 days | Starting at: $4,895
Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020

From Rome to Barcelona Aboard the 180-passenger Le Bougainville
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