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Distant TyrannyMarkets, Power, and Backwardness in Spain, 1650-1800$
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Regina Grafe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691144849

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691144849.001.0001

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A New Consumer Good Takes on the Peninsula

(p.52) Chapter 3 Bacalao
Distant Tyranny

Regina Grafe

Princeton University Press

This chapter uses bacalao instead of grain in understanding market integration and its link with the political economy, analyzing the emerging cod trade in more detail and contextualizing the cod market within the frame of the new Atlantic trades. These were transoceanic in origin, and they brought about a new, global economy; but they also transformed in their course the domestic economies and societies of Europe. The rise of these transoceanic goods to staple commodities in European countries has offered historians a unique opportunity to investigate the emergence of the early stages of a “consumer culture” in Europe and the expansion of markets that accompanied it.

Keywords:   bacalao, market integration, cod trade, political economy, Atlantic trades, transoceanic goods, consumer culture

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