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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

Santos Madrazo Madrazo (), Javier Hernando Ortego () and Gonzalo Madrazo García de Lomana ()
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Santos Madrazo Madrazo: Departamento de Historia Moderna (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Javier Hernando Ortego: Departamento de Análisis Económico: Teoría e Historia Económica (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Gonzalo Madrazo García de Lomana: Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

No 2011/03, Working Papers in Economic History from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History)

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.

Keywords: energy history; ecological footprint; forest history; urban supply; preindustrial transport. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L73 N53 N73 Q41 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15 pages
Date: 2011-06
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