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Agriculture in Europe's Little Divergence: The Case of Spain

  title={Agriculture in Europe's Little Divergence: The Case of Spain},
  author={Carlos Alvarez Nogal and Leandro Prados de la Escosura and Carlos Santiago Caballero},
This paper explores the role of agriculture in Spain's contribution to the little divergence in Europe. On the basis of tithes collected by historians over the years, long-run trends in agricultural output are drawn. After a long period of relative stability, output suffered a severe contraction during 1570-1590, followed by milder deterioration to 1650. Output per head moved from a relatively high to a low path that persisted until the Peninsular War. The demand contraction, resulting from the… 
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