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

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

by David R. Ringrose
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Cambridge University Press

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

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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ISBN-13: 9780521434867
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

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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