The glass-making complex of Campóo (Cantabria), 1845-1928. A contribution to the history of the glass-making industry in Spain


  • José Sierra Álvarez



The aim of this research is the study of the rise and the eventual collapse of the modest glassworks of Campoo (Cantabria) that in the last decades of the 19th century became the most important centre in the country for the production of plate glass. A definitely microhistorical approach-throws new light on some general problems concerning the development of this industrial sector in Spain: the impact of transportation costs and tariff policies in shaping domestic markets, the weight of labour in the overall costs, and, at the end of the period, the fast and intense process of concentration and internationalization in this branch of industry.