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

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In his important new study, David Ringrose re-examines the history of Spain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He challenges the conventional ways of framing that history, questions the importance of the empire for peninsular Spain, and suggests that some of the seemingly dramatic modernization of the nineteenth century was already under way in the eighteenth. In addition, the emergence of a governing elite is placed in the context of family and patronage networks. This challenging book will change our understanding of the history of modern Spain.
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"...a splendid book....a view of the country's history that should transform historiographical debates....The book merits a wide professional readership..." American Historical Review

"...this remarkable study of 18th- and 19th-century Spain offers fresh, indeed innovative and controversial interpretations....An excellent analysis of political networks, provincial elites, and institutions..." Choice

"...nothing in Spanish historiography tackles the broad range of issues addressed in this book. Spanish Miracle will appeal to European, not just Spanish, historians and may interest a wider audience of history aficionados. I can think of no better introduction to the historical development of Spain than this superbly written, eminently readable tome." History

"In this pathbreaking book, Rongrose not only analyzes a range of empirical evidence, but he urges a redfinition of the way in which scholars examine Spanish economic history." Carla Rahn Philips, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521434867
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

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Pt. 1 The problem of perception
1 Perceptions and perspectives 3
2 Focusing the problem 29
3 Glimpses of the Spanish economy 55
Pt. 2 Peninsular Spain and a changing world
4 The Indies trade and the peninsular economy to 1763 83
5 The Indies trade and the peninsular economy between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: reform, crisis, adaptation 106
6 Trade, economic expansion, and European context 135
7 From entitlement to commodity: redefining resources 163
Pt. 3 Alternative responses to a changing world
8 The Mediterranean urban system: trade, hierarchy, trends 187
9 Cantabrian Spain: from Guipuzcoa to Galicia 217
10 Capital city, markets, and the Castilian interior 249
11 The Andalusia of the Guadalquivir basin 291
Pt. 4 Political networks, provincial elites, and central authority
12 A narrative context 313
13 Basic institutions of political and economic life: family, town, office 331
14 Office, state, and local elites, seventeenth-nineteenth centuries 360
15 Conclusion: trends, events, perceptions 389
Bibliography 397
Index 429
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