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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.Read more
- 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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- 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.
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