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Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

Issued date: 1997-05

Citation: Economic History Review, New Series, May 1997, vol. 50, nº 2, p.348-359

ISSN: 0013-0117

DOI: 10.1111-1468-0289.00058

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Abstract:Indicators of the good health of Spanish economic history include the growing number of publications in English, the proliferation in the number of academic journals within Spain, and the fact that the 1998 International Economic History Congress is to be heldIndicators of the good health of Spanish economic history include the growing number of publications in English, the proliferation in the number of academic journals within Spain, and the fact that the 1998 International Economic History Congress is to be held in Seville. It is not possible to provide here a general note on all aspects of recent research, but this essay offers a critical examination of the major arguments advanced for the slow growth in the Spanish economy over the century or so before the civil war of 1936-9. The period after 1936 has been excluded because, although many of the obstacles to development remained until the 1960s, three excellent surveys of the literature have recently been published. Where possible, English versions of works are cited, and the essay lists only those Spanish publications which are likely to be relatively easily obtainable. After considering recent estimates of economic growth and development, the survey tries to explain the slow change by looking at three areas: agriculture, industry, and the role of the state.+-





Author: Simpson, James

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Repositorio institucional e-Archivo http:--e-archivo.uc3m.es Departamento de Ciencias Sociales DCS - Artículos de Revistas 1997-05 Economic development in Spain, 1850-1936 Simpson, James Blackwell Publishing Economic History Review, New Series, May 1997, vol.
50, nº 2, p.348-359 http:--hdl.handle.net-10016-815 Descargado de e-Archivo, repositorio institucional de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Economic development in Spain, 1850-1936 By JAMES SIMPSON ndicators of the good health of Spanish economic history include the Inumber growing number of publications in English, the proliferation in the of academic journals within Spain, and the fact that the 1998 International Economic History Congress is to be held in Seville.
It is not possible to provide here a general note on all aspects of recent research, but this essay offers a critical examination of the major arguments advanced for the slow growth in the Spanish economy over the century or so before the civil war of 1936-9.
The period after 1936 has been excluded because, although many of the obstacles to development remained until the 1960s, three excellent surveys of the literature have recently been published.1 Where possible, English versions of works are cited, and the essay lists only those Spanish publications which are likely to be relatively easily obtainable.
After considering recent estimates of economic growth and development, the survey tries to explain the slow change by looking at three areas: agriculture, industry, and the role of the state. I Although important gaps still exist in knowledge of some basic indicators, recent work, especially by Carreras and by Prados, makes it possible to place Spain’s long-run performance in an international context.
Thus in 1929 real GDP per head in Spain was lower than that in all of Maddison’s 17 ‘advanced capitalist countries’ except Finland and Japan.
By contrast, the level was probably higher than in Latin A...





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