On the artwork of listening and studying, on the loss of life of Pablo Martín Aceña | Economy | EUROtoday

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The capability to hearken to others, much more than the flexibility to talk, differentiates people from different residing beings. This is how Ignacio Martínez Mendizábal, a paleontologist from the University of Alcalá, reasoned in a current speak. We had been pondering of writing some notes about Pablo Martín-Aceña and this concept got here to thoughts as a result of if the act of listening determines the human situation, Pablo was undoubtedly human. Very human.

Pablo listened to anybody who had one thing attention-grabbing to say as a result of he had an inexhaustible ardour for data. And he paid no consideration to hierarchies: it didn't matter if it was a professor or a younger scholarship holder, as we had been in a position to see when, whereas we had been nonetheless doctoral college students, he recruited us for the federal government fee that investigated the gold transactions between Spain and the Third Reich, of which he was the principal investigator: he was already a professor, however we at all times labored on an equal footing. 1 / 4 of a century later, his mental generosity may nonetheless be seen by the scholarship holders on the Residencia de Estudiantes, of which he was deputy director, with whom he exchanged experiences and data with the utmost educational respect.

Pablo Martín-Aceña was one of many innovators of Spanish financial historical past. The ebook La Nueva Historia Económica en España (The New Economic History in Spain), which he co-edited in 1985 with Leandro Prados de la Escosura, served as a founding manifesto for a era that was in tune with the brand new currents coming from the United States and integrated econometric evaluation, financial idea and a long-term perspective into its work. Contrary to the interpretations that had been frequent on the time, these younger historians maintained that Spanish historical past had not been a succession of failures, that our nation match into the patterns of European historical past. A revolutionary message on the time.

In this context of renewal, Pablo Martin-Aceña centered on financial insurance policies. His publications are important for understanding the evolution of the Spanish monetary system, the historical past of the Bank of Spain, the financial hyperlinks between Spain and different nations, or the monetary crises which have marked the twentieth and twenty first centuries. In this regard, his books La política financial en España. 1919-1935, El servicio de Estudios del Banco de España 1930-2000, and El oro de Moscú y el oro de Berlín stand out.

At the identical time, along with Francisco Comín, he led research on the historical past of public enterprise, a line of labor that bore fruit in reference publications on the INI, RENFE and Tabacalera or within the quantity coordinated by each, Historia de la empresa pública en España. He additionally contributed to renewing research on the financial system throughout the civil warfare, an impulse that crystallized within the ebook La economía de la guerra civil, coordinated along with Elena Martínez.

But his specialisation in economics by no means diminished his curiosity in different disciplines. He loved exchanging experiences with social scientists, intellectuals, artists and writers from any discipline. He cultivated a world perspective of the previous that gave rise to quite a few collaborations with historians from different areas akin to Santos Juliá, Pepe Álvarez Junco or Mercedes Cabrera, accomplices and associates. He maintained a continuing relationship with colleagues from everywhere in the planet. He was a daring traveller, an insatiable reader and an inveterate movie buff. May the earth be gentle on him.

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