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‘Report on the Agrarian Law’ (1795) and Other Writings

‘Report on the Agrarian Law’ (1795) and Other Writings is the first modern English translation of perhaps the greatest work of the Spanish Enlightenment, Gaspar Melchor sobre Jovellanos’s ‘Informe sobre la Ley Agraria’ (1795). A major work of political economy and a beautifully crafted philosophical history of Spain s political development until the eighteenth century, ‘Informe sobre la Ley Agraria’ is a classic work of the Spanish Enlightenment. Displaying the richness of Spanish Enlightenment writing on political economy emerging from a fecund conjugation of foreign writers (Smith, Ferguson, Condillac, Mirabeau, Genovesi) with Spanish writers (Ulloa, Olavide, Uztariz, Campomanes), this masterpiece explores the lessons learned from the shortcomings of the Spanish Crown’s economic policies in the eighteenth century.