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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 10:29 p.m. PST

"The Napoleonic Wars had dramatic consequences for Spain's economy. The Peninsular War had higher demographic impact than any other military conflict, including civil wars, in the modern era. Farmers suffered confiscation of their crops and destruction of their main capital asset, livestock. The shrinking demand, the disruption of international and domestic trade, and the shortage of inputs hampered industry and services. The loss of the American colonies, a by-product of the French invasion, seriously harmed absolutism. In the long run, however, the Napoleonic Wars triggered the dismantling of Ancien Régime institutions and interest groups. Freed from their constraints, the country started a long and painful transition towards the liberal society. The Napoleonic Wars may be deemed, then, a watershed in Spanish history."
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rmaker13 Jun 2018 3:08 p.m. PST

The Spanish economy had been headed downhill since (at least) the War of the Spanish Succession. Carlos III had temporarily arrested the slide, but his son let things go again.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 11:28 a.m. PST



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