The issue of rail fares and Catalan market supply of grain and flour (1865- 1900)

Authors

  • Pere Pascual i Domènech

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v24i58.21260

Keywords:

Railways, Transport of Wheat, Agrarian Crisis, Tariffs, Duties, Catalonia

Abstract

This survey deals with the expectations generated by the construction of the rail network on wheat prices in the mainland periphery. It clarifies the terms of the debate that arose on the level of rail transportation fees in the wake of the cereal import boom from the 1880s. Strategies were shuffled to stop this process: reducing rates, new build lines to shorten distances between
the centres of production and consumption, or increased tariff protection. Finally, it tries to clarify to what extent the reduction in prices of rail transport could help stem the rise in imports and restore the articulation of the internal cereals market.

Published

2018-01-25

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