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Infraestructuras y desarrollo económico en el Pirineo Central (1850-2000)
Herranz Loncán, Alfonso
Universitat de Barcelona
This paper is aimed at describing the impact of infrastructure on the economic evolution of Central Pyrenees (i.e., Huesca and the Catalan"Alt Pirineu"). The text analyses if investment in railways, roads and dams favoured economic development or, on the contrary, was just an instrument to extract domestic resources. The paper distinguishes among three different periods. Firstly, during the second half of the nineteenth century and the first few years of the twentieth century, the lack of railway connections prevented the economic development of the area. Secondly, between the first decades of the twentieth century and 1975, a road network was set up that reinforced the economic decadence of the most depressed valleys, and the construction of large dams was a powerful factor of depopulation all over the region. Finally, from 1975 onwards, some trends may be observed towards the correction of the previous policies.
Infraestructures (Transport)
Desenvolupament econòmic
Ordenació del territori
Desenvolupament rural
Població rural
Transportation buildings
Economic development
Regional planning
Rural development
Rural population
(c) Herranz Loncán, Alfonso, 2002

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