Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Caracterización del sector comercial en A Coruña durante el primer tercio del siglo XX

Jesús Mirás Araujo


This paper analyses some aspects of the commercial structure of a medium-sized Spanish town, between the World War I and the Spanish Civil War. The starting point is the belief that the urban economy in the long run became a commercial and services economy. This trend consolidated during this period, as was the case of other medium-sized Spanish cities; and it was part of the western tertiarization process, which affected Spain as well. There was another very important factor, which gave rise to the consolidation and transformation of commercial activities: the port. It generated some significant traffics: passengers, cargoes, fishing and industrial linked sectors, etc., which had negligible effects on other commercial and industrial activities. Moreover, A Coruña was a provincial capital, and this meant the growth of administrative tasks, and a strong commercial influence on its rural hinterland.

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