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Was Spain different? Agricultural change in Spain in a southern European perspective, 1961 to 1985

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'Spain is different' has often been a way of explaining some significant and distinctive Spanish characteristics. This expression can also be applied to the agrarian changes that took place in Spain between 1960 and 1985. While the general Western trend was for cultivated acreage to decline, the Spanish countryside experienced a great expansion. This paper identifies other differences between the Spanish and the more general southern European experience. These became evident in the 25 years before Spain joined the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1986 and have marked the path Spanish agriculture has taken ever since. Throughout this process, some of the distinctive features established under the Franco dictatorship continued to reinforce the peculiarities of the agrarian transformation in Spain. Here we focus on all those changes in an endeavour to assess whether agricultural change in Spain took a different course to that of other European countries.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2013

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  • Agricultural History Review is the leading journal for the publication of original research in all aspects of agricultural and rural history. First published in 1952, the Review reflects the diversity of approaches which are possible in rural history. Its editors welcome submissions in any aspect of the history of agriculture, rural society and rural economy over the past millennium. Whilst it is not concerned with current policy debates, it is interested in considering discussions of the historical dimensions of current problems in rural society and food supply. The Review is especially strong in British rural history, but actively seeks submissions in European and American rural history and has no bar on submissions concerning the remainder of the world. It is also the journal of record for book reviews in the discipline.

    Agricultural History Review has an international editorial board. The current editors are Professor R. W. Hoyle, University of Reading, UK who is responsible for articles, and Professor H. R. French, University of Exeter who serves as editor for book reviews. The Review is fully peer-refereed.

    Agricultural History Review is published by the British Agricultural History Society from whom personal subscriptions may be obtained.
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