A distinctive industrialization: cotton in Barcelona, 1728-1832

Thomson, J K J (1992) A distinctive industrialization: cotton in Barcelona, 1728-1832. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521394826

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This is a study of the development of Barcelona's cotton industry from its origins in calico-printing in 1728 to its introduction of steam-power in 1832. It thus describes the experiences of the leading industry of the city which provides the only Mediterranean exception to the tendency of early industrialization to be concentrated in northern Europe. It bridges the gap between the 'pre-industrial' and early 'industrial' periods, offering answers to such questions as: What caused 'merchant capital' to move into industrial investment? What were the links between 'pre-industrial' industrial activity and industrialization proper? Is it apt to refer to the economic changes of these years as an 'Industrial Revolution'? Should industrialization be studied on a regional or a national basis? A further purpose is to provide an interpretation of the characteristics of the Catalan economy and of its relationship to that of Spain as a whole thereby contributing to the understanding of the 'Catalan question'.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Depositing User: James Thomson
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 07:47
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2013 07:47
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43803

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