Land, Proto-Industry and Population in Catalonia, c. by Julie Marfany

By Julie Marfany

This monograph makes a clean contribution to a longstanding yet faraway from exhausted debate about the transition to capitalism in Europe. The paintings investigates key features of this variation: the adjustments at the land, the origins of the economic revolution, the trendy upward push of inhabitants and the expansion of markets. It does so from a brand new standpoint, even if, via concentrating on a space of southern Europe, Catalonia. Catalonia's curiosity as a space for learn lies in its precocity inside of a southern ecu context, as one of many few areas at the eu outer edge to industrialise in related methods and even as parts of northern Europe. inhabitants development used to be equally rapid.

The examine engages severely with a number of very important debates in monetary and social background, reminiscent of the transition to agrarian capitalism, even if sharecropping may be seen as a backwards type of agricultural construction, theories of proto-industrialisation and theories of inhabitants swap. It additionally questions claims that the of north-western Europe was once a solid version for industralisation than the extra nuclear family buildings widely used in southern Europe. not just may possibly the nuclear family be as dynamic because the extended family whilst required yet, extra importantly, consciousness should be paid to different associations and components which could have conditioned kin types and decision-making processes.

The strategy taken by means of this paintings is a micro-study of 1 group, Igualada, an incredible proto-industrial centre but additionally positioned in the viticultural area. It grew swiftly over the eighteenth century from round 1,700 population in 1717 to 4,900 in 1787 and round 7,700 via 1830. in basic terms on the micro-level is it possible for anyone learn to reconstruct networks of relationships and styles of decision-making on the family point. on the center of the ebook, accordingly, is a relatives reconstitution of 8,700 households, supplemented by means of a large physique of extra assets, equivalent to landholding contracts, tax files, manorial surveys, inventories, marriage contracts and letters.

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