Spanish Society in the 19th Century

Economy and industrialisation

Industrial Revolution was late and slow, only Basque Country, Catalonia and large cities.

Population still worked in the fields England or Germany used machinery.

Railway, didn´t appear until the second half of the century.

Steam locomotive and steamship, main forms of transport. First train line Barcelona Mataró in 1848.


Bourgeosie became rich and became the dominant social class.

The Industrial Revolution brought serious social problems very bad working conditions and child explotation. In rural areas, the peasants extreme poverty. Political demands or the working class.

New social classes, and the bourgeoisie were now the upper class lived in modern neighbourhoods.

Poor neighbourhoodswith bad living conditions. Lower classes, like factory workers, livid here.Coal caused serious polution.



At the beginning of the century.


In the middle of the century, show aspects of the industrial society.


At the end of the century, technological advances reflected on their work.

Generation of '98

Criticised Spanish society called for the modernisation .


Several researchers scientific advances Ramón and Cajal first Nobel Prize.