New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Book — 1 online resource (xv, 439 pages) : illustrations.
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 Guipuzcoa 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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 elite 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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)