Chapter 25

Spanish Finance, 1348–1700

M. Drelichman

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

CIFAR, Toronto, ON, Canada



In a strict sense, Spain did not exist as a political entity before 1700. Much like the idea of ‘Italy’ survived the disintegration of the Roman empire and persisted until its nineteenth-century political reemergence, the Roman Hispania was a vague concept overhanging the military and political processes, commonly grouped under the name of Reconquista, that saw a smattering of Medieval ...

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