By J. K. J. Thomson
It is a learn of the advance of the early background of Barcelona's cotton undefined. It bargains either a really expert commercial background and an interpretation of significant matters on the subject of the industrialization of Catalonia and of Europe as a complete. the main concerns discussed--the factors of the rise in the course of those years in business funding and the hyperlinks among "proto-industrialization" and industrialization proper--have been mentioned theoretically yet not often demonstrated opposed to old adventure. The e-book therefore represents a big contribution to the translation of early industrialization and gives a brand new perception into Spanish and Catalonian historical past.
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The agrarian crisis and demographic decline must have affected both the supply and demand situation. 14 Whatever the precise timing of the crisis in the different sectors of the industry, however, by the second half of the fifteenth century, with the additional disruption of Civil War between 1462 and 1472, it was general: Vicens Vives writes of an 'epoch of nearly definitive ruin. Depopulation, flight of workers and emigration of capital, sacking of cities, burning of harvests, confiscations, embezzlement', and Pierre Vilar, similarly, that ' Catalan trade is reduced to only one twentieth of what it had 13 14 J.
The reason for this choice is to provide a sense of process in the area's industrial development. The narration takes the following form. Chapter 2, as just noted, consists in a brief survey of Catalan industrial history, focussing on the cloth industry, from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. In chapter 3 the founding of the calico-printing industry in Barcelona is described - in different sections I describe firstly the import trade in calicoes which existed before the industry was introduced, secondly the policy of the government to this trade and thirdly the early efforts at establishing the new industry.
214. , p. 219; Carrere, Barcelone, 11, pp. 818-38. 32 A distinctive industrialization year' — and this was followed by the Black Death which reached Catalonia between 1348 and 1351 and further plague outbreaks which occurred at approximately two-year intervals well into the fifteenth century. To these demographic crises were added the disruptive effects of the Civil War between 1462 and 1472. 9 Historians have argued, however, that high levels of industrial production were sustained for some time.
A Distinctive Industrialization: Cotton in Barcelona 1728-1832 by J. K. J. Thomson