Catalonia in Early Modern Spain

  • Gabriel Tortella
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


The role of Catalonia in imperial Spain was a rather subdued one in the thriving sixteenth century (Spain’s Golden Age), but it flared up in rebellion when Spain declined in the seventeenth century. The Catalan rebellion in 1640 marked a low point in the fortunes of Spain. Portugal rebelled later in the same year and Spain, which had tried to press the kingdom of Aragon for more taxes to pay for the war against Holland, now found itself involved in three wars simultaneously. It lost Holland and Portugal, but managed to recover Catalonia, which had become a vassal of France and liked its new position even less than its former association with Spain. Barcelona surrendered in 1652, and things remained more or less what they were before. Catalonia contributed mightily to the proverbial ‘decline of Spain’.


Golden Age Empire Rebellion War Depression 


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  • Gabriel Tortella
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  1. 1.Universidad de AlcaláMadridSpain

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