Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Capital interno e industrias menores en Cuba (1880-1920)

María Antonia Marqués Dolz


The text analyses the Hispano-Cuban businessmen who invested their capital in industrial sectors other than sugar or tobacco. Instead of the structural approach that has predominated in Cuban historiography, the emphasis is placed on the processes of social and territorial mobility of such entrepreneurs, on their legal forms of business organisation and on strategies such as that of limitation and dispersion of risks, implementation of external and scale economies, vertical and horizontal integration, introduction and diffusion of technologies, illustrating these by means of case studies. Ile author stresses the versatility of people who operated, indistinctly or simultaneously, in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, and who competed with imports over a historical period in which export specialisation and a certain complementary diversification, within the framework of capitalism, were combined.

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