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Y Stephenson dijo no: los capitales británicos en los ferrocarriles españoles

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  • Cuéllar Villar, Domingo

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    (Departamento de Análisis Económico (Teoría e Historia Económica). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles)

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    Este artículo tiene como principal objetivo contabilizar la presencia del capital británico en el desarrollo de los ferrocarriles españoles de vía ancha. Aunque es ampliamente conocido el papel abrumador que jugaron los capitales franceses en la expansión ferroviaria en España, algunos intereses británicos no fueron del todo ajenos a dicho proceso. No se limitaron a su aportación habitual de material ferroviario y tras las frustradas tentativas iniciales, cubiertas de ciertos aspectos legendarios como la presencia de Stephenson en España en 1845, los capitales británicos concentraron su interés en el segundo impulso ferroviario español que arranca en 1880 con la puesta en marcha de líneas ferroviarias de vía ancha con una clara vocación minera. A partir de la valiosa documentación de archivos británicos -Public Record Office- y españoles -Archivo Histórico Ferroviario- se reconstruye la estructura del capital de estas empresas, se analiza su evolución y se estudian las figuras de los grandes, medianos y pequeños accionistas en estas sociedades. Finalmente, se hace un balance del desenlace de estos negocios.

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    Paper provided by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History) in its series Working Papers in Economic History with number 2009/07.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:uam:wpapeh:200907

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    Keywords: Railway History; Economic History; Foreign investments;

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