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Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez covers a wide range of geographical areas – Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Maghreb – and specialities – history archaeology, literature, geography, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics - from Antiquity to the present day.
The former series (n° 1 to 32) is available on Persée platform.

Current open issue
48-1 | 2018 (Open issue)
Los metales preciosos: de la extracción a la acuñación (Antigüedad - Edad Media)

Les métaux précieux : de l’extraction à la frappe monétaire (Antiquité - Moyen Âge)
Precious metals: from extraction to minting (Antiquity - Middle Ages)
Edited by Christian Rico and Almudena Orejas

For some time now gold and silver, two metals of strategic importance in Antiquity and the High Middle Ages, have been receiving increasing attention from historians, archaeologists and archaeometrists. By way of a number of studies dealing with the Iberian Peninsula, Gaul and Italy and also with the Greek world, this dossier aims to present a picture of the current problems and research concerning gold and silver, particularly those addressing issues relating to their quantification, circulation and use, especially as coinage. These studies draw attention to all the possible advantages accruing from cross-utilisation of historical, archaeological and archaeometric sources and methods to gain a better understanding of ancient economies and the role of precious metals in them.

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Numéro en cours, ouvert le 7 mars 2018

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Latest issue
47-2 | 2017
Les sociétés démocratiques en France et en Espagne : fragilités et mutations

Las sociedades democráticas en Francia y España: debilidades y mutaciones
Edited by Mathias Rull and Alfonso Pérez-Agote

Western democracies were already subject to criticisms before the onset of the economic recession in 2008. In reducing the scope of public action, this provoked popular discontent with these modern states and their politicians. Focusing on France and Spain, this dossier analyses various aspects of the crisis of current democratic regimes. First it addresses three sets of social problems (access to social services, youth employment and integration of minorities) which governments have been especially ineffective in dealing with, thus contributing to public mistrust of politicians. The subsequent parts deal with some of the reactions to the «social recession» experienced in Spain and France. The common denominator of all the reactions addressed here is that they question democratic representation as it has been functioning over recent decades, whether due to the emergence of important new political actors or to the introduction of mechanisms of participatory democracy in the exercise of public authority.

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