By J. K. J. Thomson
This can be a research of the advance of the early historical past of Barcelona's cotton undefined. It deals either a really good commercial heritage and an interpretation of significant matters on the subject of the industrialization of Catalonia and of Europe as a complete. the most important matters discussed--the motives 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 validated opposed to ancient adventure. The publication therefore represents a tremendous contribution to the translation of early industrialization and gives a brand new perception into Spanish and Catalonian historical past.
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These include firstly Barcelona itself, which was by far the largest, with a production capacity of some 30-40,000 pieces a year; secondly Lerida and its surrounding area (including the towns of Tarrega, Bellpuig, Cervera and Santa Coloma de Queralt); thirdly a Pyrenean concentration: Pallars, Seu d'Urgell, Castello and Puigcerda; fourthly a centre coinciding with two Pyrenean river valleys, those of the Ter and the Fluvia (Camprodon, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Ripoll, Vic, Banyoles and, extending into the plain of the Ampurdan, Gerona, Figueras and Castello d'Empuries); fifthly that of the Cardener and Llobregat (Baga, Berga, Pobla de Lillet, Sant Llorenc, de Morunys, Cardona and Manresa); and sixthly that of Roussillon (including Perpignan, Vilafranca del Conflent and Prades).
Industrialization became a process in which the old mixed with, and influenced, the new. 29 An urban study such as this, however, can do so for it was cities - ports, capitals and established industrial centres - which predominated in this stage of European industrialization. 30 An intention of this study, thus, will be to demonstrate a duality in the part played by 'proto-industry' in Barcelona's development: as well as contributing to the creation of new structures, its growth in an environment pervaded by economic and social practices of a corporative society caused it to be a central agency for the transmission of 'pre-industrial' patterns into the period of the ' Industrial Revolution \ 'INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION' It is the aptness of the use of this last expression in the context of Catalan industrialization which is a third major issue on which it is intended that this study should throw light.
The strength of the felt contrast was not purely a consequence of economic inequality: a contribution to it was also played, he argued, by the manner in which the links between Catalonia and the rest of Spain were organized. Distribution and sales were handled by groups of Catalans, very often linked by family relationships to each other, who retained close links with Catalonia, rarely integrating into the areas in which they were working. The consequence of this was that they appeared as an alien and dominating social group.