Is it Still Helpful to Talk About Proto-Industrialization? Some Suggestions from a Catalan Case Study

@article{Marfany2010IsIS,
  title={Is it Still Helpful to Talk About Proto-Industrialization? Some Suggestions from a Catalan Case Study},
  author={Julie Marfany},
  journal={Economic History eJournal},
  year={2010}
}
  • J. Marfany
  • Published 12 October 2010
  • History, Economics
  • Economic History eJournal
The concept of proto-industrialization is considered by many historians to have outlived its usefulness. This article seeks to argue the contrary, using a case study from Catalonia, in southern Europe, which provides a rare example of early industrialization on the periphery of Europe. Using an in-depth study of an important proto-industrial community, Igualada, the article puts forward two key arguments. First, it shows how the proto-industrialization of the woollen industry and later the… 

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