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Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Issued date: 1979-05

Citation: Economic History Review, 1979, v. 32, n. 2, pp. 295

ISSN: 0013-0117

Publisher version: http:-www.jstor.org-stable-2595484?origin=JSTOR-pdf

Keywords: Latifundios , Propiedad de la tierra , Andalucía , España

Description:Este artículo reseña: M. Artola ed

El latifundio : propiedad y explotación, ss XVIII-XX. Madrid: Ministerio de Agricultura, 1978

Author: Simpson, James

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Repositorio institucional e-Archivo http:--e-archivo.uc3m.es Colecciones multidisciplinares DCS - Reseñas bibliográficas 1979-05 El latifundio : propiedad y explotación, ss xviii-xx [book review] Simpson, James Wiley-Blackwell Economic History Review, 1979, v.
32, n.
2, pp.
295 http:--hdl.handle.net-10016-11275 Descargado de e-Archivo, repositorio institucional de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid REVIEWS 295 M.
ARToLA (Ed.).
El latifundio.
Propiedady explotación, ss xviii-xx.
(Madrid: Ministerio de Agricultura.
197.3 maps.
Paperback, n.p.) This book consists ofthree short contributions from a research team working under the direction ofMiguel Artola and attempts to show the changing nature ofthe latifundio in Andalusia from the ancien régime of the eighteenth century to the capitalist society ofthe present day.
Although the latifundio has been recognized as a major factor for the poor economic performance ofsouthern Spain for well over a century, there has been líttle research done into either its extent, or to assess its organization in a changing political and economic environment. Artola, using the Catastro de Ensenada of C.
1752, shows the numerical importance of the nobility in land ownership in the region compared to the crown and the church, and then attempts sorne estimation ofthe degree ofland concentration in their hands. Jaime Contreras, examining the esta te papers ofthe Duke ofOsuna shows for a slightly earlier period that 90 per cent of allland was leased, usual1y in substantial units, and only for a period of four years.
According to Bernal, the third contributor, a similar percentage today work their own estates, and this is the result of the slow change in the structure ofthe latifundio with the growth ofspecialized crops, such as the olive, and the decline ofthe fallow.
Interestingly, the size ofthe latifundio seems to have remained remarkably stable during the nineteenth-century liberal ...

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