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Slavery and the slave trade in Spanish economic thought, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries



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Perdices de Blas, Luis and Ramos Gorostiza, José Luis (2015) Slavery and the slave trade in Spanish economic thought, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. History of Economic Ideas, 23 (2). pp. 11-40. ISSN 1724-2169


Official URL: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Slavery-and-the-Slave-Trade-in-Spanish-Economic-to-Blas-Ramos-Gorostiza/9e864d2a522819ce4508acd24826d6374925bf86


Between the sixteenth century and the eighteenth slavery acquired an undoubted economic importance in the Spanish Empire, both because of the growing weight of slave labor in the New World and owing to the political, economic and administrative relevance of successive asientos. However, the attention paid to the issues of slavery and the slave trade in Spanish economic literature was decreasing: from having a place in scholastic texts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to becoming something completely marginal for the economists of the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century. The aim of this article is to highlight this paradox by analyzing the few texts of scholastic theologians, arbitristas and economists of the Enlightenment that addressed slavery and the slave trade. The question is interesting, since in these three centuries the Spanish economic debates reached a good level, as reflected in the translations into other European languages of numerous Spanish economic works.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Slavery; Slave trade; Spain; School of Salamanca; Arbitristas; Economists of the Enlightenment
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic history
JEL:B11, B3
ID Code:61629
Deposited On:23 Jul 2020 10:31
Last Modified:23 Jul 2020 10:31

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