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Los conflictos por el agua en el País Valenciano durante la etapa feudal: el ejemplo de los molinos


  • Tomàs Peris-Albentosa



In places like the Valencian Region, where the climate is arid, the flow rate of the rivers is irregular, and irrigation is essential if agrarian returns are to increase, the way water was distributed among irrigators often gave rise to clashes between them. This paper begins with an analysis of the mechanisms that were used in the irrigated areas of Valencia, during the feudal era, to prevent these kinds of conflicts from getting out of hand. It then focuses on the disputes that arose between farmers and millers. Contrary to what is usually claimed, there is no decisive evidence to show that the millers were a permanent cause of such troubles, which only reached a dangerous level of intensity in certain places at certain times

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  • Tomàs Peris-Albentosa, 2011. "Los conflictos por el agua en el País Valenciano durante la etapa feudal: el ejemplo de los molinos," Documentos de Trabajo de la Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria 1104, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:wpaper:1104

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    Mills; Water; Irrigation; Valencia; Spain.;

    JEL classification:

    • L79 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Other
    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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