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Provisioning Valencia, 1650-1763. Consumption, market and institutions Provisioning Feeding Market
Journal Title: STORIA URBANA  
Author/s: Daniel Munoz Navarro 
Year:  2012 Issue: 134 Language: Italian 
Pages:  17 Pg. 115-131 FullText PDF:  490 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SU2012-134007
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Valencia, 17th-18th century This article examines the supply of victuals in Valencia between 1650 and 1763, through the study of orders of «buen gobierno», issued in this period by the local authorities. Especially noteworthy is the presence of foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and cheese, among others. This is a contrast to conventional studies on the diet of the ancient regime, which have focused solely on the supply of wheat. This study is based on legal sources, the orders of good governance issued by the municipal authorities. Based on this documentation we propose a methodology that uses analysis of social, institutional and legal factors to complement the classic studies, which tend to be excessively quantitative. What we demonstrate is the existence of a more varied diet than older studies indicated, the increasing difficulty of supply in Valencia throughout the first half of eighteenth century, the role that resellers played in this instability and the inability of the authorities and the supply systems to adapt to the new situation. In conclusion, we suggest the need for methodologically more complex studies on supplying future research.

Daniel Munoz Navarro, Provisioning Valencia, 1650-1763. Consumption, market and institutions Provisioning Feeding Market in "STORIA URBANA " 134/2012, pp. 115-131, DOI:10.3280/SU2012-134007

   

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