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Energy Production, Ecological Footprint and Socio-Economic Transformation of the Territory in an Organic Economy. The Case Study of Early Modern Madrid

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  • Madrazo Madrazo, Santos

    () (Departamento de Historia Moderna (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid))

  • Hernando Ortego, Javier

    () (Departamento de Análisis Económico: Teoría e Historia Económica (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid))

  • Madrazo García de Lomana, Gonzalo

    () (Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física (Universidad Complutense de Madrid))

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to evaluate the impact of Madrid’s fuel demand on the near surrounding territory in the early modern period, both from an economic and an ecological viewpoint. Fuel supply (charcoal and timber) to Madrid required the raising of resources from a vast territory of inland Spain, and caused a process of specialization of forests in fuel extraction and commercialization. The economic structures of the villages of Castile adapted to the rising needs, and rural populations could take an active part in transportation of fuel and charcoal production. This paper also aims to define the area affected by the city’s charcoal production in order to analyze the ecological footprint in an organic economy.

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  • Madrazo Madrazo, Santos & Hernando Ortego, Javier & Madrazo García de Lomana, Gonzalo, 2011. "Energy Production, Ecological Footprint and Socio-Economic Transformation of the Territory in an Organic Economy. The Case Study of Early Modern Madrid," Working Papers in Economic History 2011/03, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History).
  • Handle: RePEc:uam:wpapeh:201103
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    1. Gerard Turnbull, 1987. "Canals, coal and regional growth during the industrial revolution," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 40(4), pages 537-560, November.
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    Keywords

    energy history; ecological footprint; forest history; urban supply; preindustrial transport.;

    JEL classification:

    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N73 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise
    • L73 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Forest Products

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