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Mauricio Drelichman reviews Regina Grafe’s new book here.
Market fragmentation broadly similar in character to what is described in the review can be observed even in the France of much of the period. Perhaps it was much less severe, but a comparison between France and Spain based on historical data might illuminate this.
Kevin, I watched Martin Sheen in movie, ‘The Way’, not so long ago. It is worth a look. Lots of laughs. BOH.
To modern-day Spain.
The approach addresses the weakness in the Draghi Plan identified by Martin Wolf, among others.
El Pais has an excellent English Language website and there is a recent article on Spain’s recent problems “Theory of Spain’s Political Class” by Cesar Molinas, which I recommend. The interplay between rent-seeking politicians and financial institutions is fascinating. See:http://elpais.com/elpais/2012/09/12/inenglish/1347449744_053124.html
Kevin, I can recommend the TV documentary series ‘Civilisation’ presented by archaeologist Richard Miles. Deals with a much earlier period in Mediterranean history, but looks a lot in trade patterns, movements of goods etc. BOH.
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