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Spain, Europe, and the 'Spanish Miracle', 1700–1900

Spain, Europe, and the 'Spanish Miracle', 1700–1900


  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646307

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  • David Ringrose here re-examines the history of Spain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He challenges the pessimism of prevailing assumptions about Spanish history, and its conventional separation into pre- and post-Napoleonic eras. Spain, Europe, and the 'Spanish Miracle', 1700–1900 also questions the importance of the empire for Spain's own economy, suggesting instead that Spain evolved as part of Europe; indeed, some of the recently documented modernisation of the nineteenth century was already well under way in the eighteenth. In addition, the emergence of a governing élite closely tied to provincial society is placed in the context of traditional networks of patronage based upon close-knit family ties. Such a perspective makes the transitions of the 1930s and 1970s easier to explain. This important and challenging book will change our understanding of the history of modern Spain.

    • A paperback edition of David Ringrose's major re-assessment of Spain's economic performance over two centuries, 1700–1900
    • Helps explain characteristics that have marked Spain's economy and society in more recent times, such as the 1930s and 1970s
    • Establishes Spain as part of the European picture during the period, rather than as a separate, poorly-performing entity
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646307
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 8 maps 19 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Problems of Perception:
    1. Perceptions and perspectives
    2. Focusing the problem
    3. Glimpses of the Spanish economy
    Part II. Peninsular Spain and a Changing World:
    4. The Indies trade and a peninsular economy to 1763
    5. Indies trade and peninsular economy between 18th and 19th centuries: reform, crisis, adaptation
    6. Trade, economic expansion, European context
    7. From enlightenment to commodity: redefining resources
    Part III. Alternative Responses to a Changing World:
    8. The Mediterranean urban system: trade, hierarchy, trends
    9. Cantabrian Spain: from Guípuzcoa to Galicia
    capital city, markets, and Castillian interior
    10. Towns and cities in Andalusia
    Part IV. Networks, Provincial Elites and Central Authority:
    11. A narrative context
    12. Basic institutions of political and economic life: family, town, office
    13. Office, state, and local elites, seventeenth-nineteenth centuries
    14. Conclusion: trends, events, perceptions.

  • Author

    David R. Ringrose, University of California, San Diego

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