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Distant Tyranny: Markets, Power, and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800

Regina Grafe


Spain's development from a premodern society into a modern unified nation-state with an integrated economy was painfully slow and varied widely by region. Economic historians have long argued that high internal transportation costs limited domestic market integration, while at the same time the Castilian capital city of Madrid drew resources from surrounding Spanish regions as it pursued its quest for centralization. According to this view, powerful Madrid thwarted trade over large geographic distances by destroying an integrated network of manufacturing towns in the Spanish interior. Challeng ... More

Keywords: Spain, Madrid, decentralization, modernity, bacalao, economic development, trade, globalization, market integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691144849
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691144849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Regina Grafe, author
Northwestern University