The Development of Modern Spain: An Economic History of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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Harvard University Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 528 pages
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This reinterpretation of the history of modern Spain from the Enlightenment to the threshold of the twenty-first century explains the surprising changes that took Spain from a backward and impoverished nation, with decades of stagnation, civil disorder, and military rule, to one of the ten most developed economies in the world. The culmination of twenty years' work by the dean of economic history in Spain, founder of the Revista de Historia Económica and recipient of the Premio Rey Juan Carlos, Spain's highest honor for an academic, the book is rigorously analytical and quantitative, but eminently accessible. It reveals views and approaches little explored until now, showing how the main stages of Spanish political history have been largely determined by economic developments and by a seldom mentioned factor: human capital formation. It is comparative throughout, and concludes by applying the lessons of Spanish history to the plight of today's developing nations.

  

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Contents

An Overview
1
Politics Population and Human Capital
22
Persistent Underdevelopment
50
A Long Infancy
73
9 Production and export of iron ore in various European countries
102
10 Industrialization per capita in various European countries
114
Transportation and Commerce
115
2 Extension of the Spanish railroad network 18501935 722
122
2 Agricultural output productivity and yields 19001980
282
5 Livestock censuses 1891 1984 259
289
7 The share of agriculture in the GNP and its productivity among
295
Industrial Takeoff
298
1 Spanish industry by sectors 19001980
302
3 Aspects of the construction industry in Spain 18601935
309
5 Imports of capital goods and the terms of trade between
322
6 Main industrial sectors and their growth rates 19581972
329

amounts paid up 17681891
151
Money and Banking
156
1 Approximate composition of the money supply
161
The Role of the State
173
1 Budget revenues expenditures and balances 18501854
177
3 Accumulated budget expenditures 18501890 754
184
The Entrepreneurial Factor
206
1 Attitudes of Spanish businessmen toward tariff reductions
221
The Twentieth Century
228
Demographic Modernization
241
1 Population of Spain in the twentieth century
242
3 Distribution of Spains population by regions 17871980
257
6 Primary school attendance and literacy in Spain
263
From Underdevelopment to Backwardness
267
1 Areas under specific crops 189195 through 1985
270
8 Consumption of primary energy in Spain 18601980
347
9 Industrial production in four key sectors 19001985
356
The Foreign Sector
359
1 The components of Spains foreign trade 19221985
370
The Evolution of Money and Banking
377
1 Number of banks in Spain 19001983
387
The Changing Role of the State
408
1 The share of public expenditure in national income in various
410
2 Comparison of the central government budgets of Spain
417
4 Disparities in income per capita in the Spanish regions
437
Conclusions
440
1 Public expenditure as a percentage of GNP for various countries
456
Notes
473
Works Cited 485 Index
511
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