Growing in the Shadow of an Empire.

A cura di: Giuseppe De Luca, Gaetano Sabatini

Growing in the Shadow of an Empire.

How Spanish Colonialism Affected Economic Development in Europe and in the World (XVI -XVIII cc.)

This conference collection seeks to answer a very basic question: did the countries under Spanish dominion experience a particular developmental course that may have led them to a common, yet distinct, type of modernization?

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Including contributions by authors from six different countries and profoundly interdisciplinary in nature, this conference collection seeks to answer a very basic question: did the countries under Spanish dominion experience a particular developmental course that may have led them to a common, yet distinct, type of modernization? In order to answer this question, the authors examine the interplay between institutional and social frameworks on the one hand, and economic patterns on the other. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, they analyse issues such as commercial networks, production, and fiscal and monetary policies in order to identify the factors that allowed long-term economic growth and modernization.
The findings they reach are extremely suggestive and are relevant not only to early modern historians but also to economic historians who reject the New Institutional Economics' narrative, which maintains that Spanish institutions were extremely inefficient when compared to the Anglo-American ones. The conclusions shed a completely new light on developments not only in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and the Americas, but also in other areas that failed to experience them. Not only do they question (and indeed reverse) existing assumptions, they also make some very important methodological points. They demonstrate that areas, which currently are considered marginal to economic development, economic theory, and economic modernization, may be central to our understanding of the past. They remind us that comparisons must be respectful of what was meaningful to contemporaries.

Giuseppe De Luca is associate professor of Economic History at the Università degli Studi di Milano. Among his recent publications is From Taxation to Indebtedness: The Urban Fiscal System of Milan during the Austrias Domination (1535-1706), in J.I. Andrés Ucendo, M. Limberger (eds), Taxation and Debt in the Early Modern City, London, Pickering&Chatto, 2012 (co-a with G. Bognetti).
Gaetano Sabatini is professor of Economic History at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. Among his recent publications is "Monarchy as Conquest. Violence, Social Opportunity, and Political Stability in the Establishment of the Hispanic Monarchy", The Journal of Modern History, 3/2009 (co-authored with J.J. Ruiz Ibáñez).

Tamar Herzog, Prologue
Giuseppe De Luca, Gaetano Sabatini, Genealogies of Economic Growth in the Spanish Empire (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries): Back to History
Part I. Fiscal policy
José Ignacio Andrés Ucendo, A Legacy of the Habsburg Dynasty: Fiscal and Financial Relationships between the Castilian Crown and the Castilian Cities during the Early Modern Age
Leonor Freire Costa,
Tax Farming and Uncertainty: Making Profits from War
Stefano Agnoletto,
The Spanish Heavy Tax-Regime: a Constraint on Capitalistic Modernization or a Matrix for Innovation? An Aspect of Accumulation in the State of Milan at the End of the Spanish Domination (1706)
Simona Laudani,
"Avendo avuto bisogno la R. C. M. del re Filippo Quarto di molta somma di denaro". Tratte, tande and gabelle in Sicily under the Habsburgs
Part II. Monetary policies and production
Germano Maifreda, Vespucci, Columbus, Galileo: Discussing Values between Geographic Exploration and Scientific Revolution
Elena María García Guerra,
Monetary Manipulation and Economic Growth. Two Incompatible Terms in Early Modern Castile
Stefano D'Amico,
A City within the Empire: Merchants, Guilds and Economic Policy in Seventeenth-Century Milan
Giorgio Monestarolo,
Merchants-Enterpreneurs between Institutions and Markets: the Case of Piedmont and Lombardy from the Seventeenth to the Eighteenth Century
Vittorio Beonio Brocchieri, From 'Peasant' Tenants Farmers to Bourgeois-Gentilhommes: Social Mobility and Family Identity in Habsburg Lombardy
Giuseppe Maria Longoni,
Art, Industry, Solidarity: the Adventures of Italian Hatters from the Sixteenth to the Twenteenth Century
Part III. Commercial strategies and networks
Jean-Philippe Priotti, Cash flows, Commercial Competitive Forces, Towns Privileges and Central Power. Dynamics in the French-Spanish Trade in the Late Sixteenth Century
Leonida Tedoldi,
The Sea as a Frontier: the Port City of Malaga in the Ancien Régime. An approximation
Rafael Guerrero Elecalde, Griselda Tarragó,
Family and Business: the Case of Tagle y Bracho (Viceroyalty of Peru, 1700-1750)
Griselda Tarragó,
The Long Kiss Goodbye: Santa Fe and the Conflict over the Privilege of Puerto Preciso (1726-1743)
Daniele Pompejano,
The 'Visible Hand' and Corporate Negotiations: American Arrangements for Growth between the Habsburgs and the Bourbons
Part IV. Territories and institutions
Mafalda Soares da Cunha, From Dukes to Kings. Particular Aspects of the Development of the House of Braganza within the Iberian Context (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)
Katia Visconti,
A Hypothesis for a 'Feudal Prosopography': Strategies of Acquisition, Management and Conservation of Fiefs in the Milan State between the Seventeenth and the Eighteenth Century
Emanuele Colombo,
Three Lombardies in the Seventeenth Century: Some Explanatory Notes on a Many-Sides Territory
Marina Cavallera,
The Po Basin States and the Routes of Transit during the Early Modern Age
Cinzia Cremonini,
The Congregazione dello Stato between Renewed Local Fervor and Unitary Tension (1590-1706)
Maurizio Sangalli, The Piarists in a Frontier Region between the Republic of Venice and the Empire of the Habsburg: Economic and Educational Strategies of a Teaching Religious Congregation in the Eighteenth Century

Contributors: Stefano Agnoletto, Vittorio H. Beonio-Brocchieri, Marina Cavallera, Emanuele Colombo, Cinzia Cremonini, Stefano D'Amico, Leonor Freire Costa, Elena Maria Garcia Guerra, Rafael Guerrero Elecalde, Tamar Herzog, Simona Laudani, Giuseppe Maria Longoni, Germano Maifreda, Giorgio Monestarolo, Daniele Pompejano, Jean-Philippe Priotti, Maurizio Sangalli, Mafalda Soares da Cunha, Griselda Tarrago, Leonida Tedoldi, José Ignacio Andrés Ucendo, Katia Visconti

Serie: Storia società, economia e istituzioni

Subjects: Economic History - Political and Diplomatic History

Level: Scholarly Research

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