J. K. J. Thomson, "A Distinctive Industrialization: Cotton in Barcelona 1728-1832"
Cambridge University Press | July 31, 1992 | ISBN: 0521394821 | PDF | 386 pages | 7.2 MB
This is a study of the development of the early history of Barcelona's cotton industry. It offers both a specialized industrial history and an interpretation of major issues relating to the industrialization of Catalonia and of Europe as a whole. The major issues discussed--the causes of the increase during these years in industrial investment and the links between "proto-industrialization" and industrialization proper--have been discussed theoretically but rarely tested against historical experience. The book thus represents an important contribution to the interpretation of early industrialization and offers a new insight into Spanish and Catalonian history.