Not-so-absolutist Spain Post author By Kevin O’Rourke Post date September 14, 2012 Mauricio Drelichman reviews Regina Grafe’s new book here. Categories In Economic history 5 Comments on Not-so-absolutist Spain ← New issue of Administration → Paul Krugman’s Baltic Problem 5 replies on “Not-so-absolutist Spain” Very interesting. 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. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/09/14/uk-eurozone-spain-ecb-idUKBRE88D06I20120914 The approach addresses the weakness in the Draghi Plan identified by Martin Wolf, among others. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e6bb0966-fb41-11e1-87ae-00144feabdc0.html#axzz26TVXTcdG 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. Comments are closed.