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“Classical” Collection

The classical books of the Foral Treasury, the “Classical” collection, is the result of the collaboration between the Foral Deputation of Bizkaia and the Department of Contemporary History of the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV). It aims at republishing old studies and works of remarkable authors, concerning the particular politic and administrative regime of the Economic Agreement, with the intention of making them available for researchers, students, public officers, politicians and, in general, for anybody who, free of prejudice and full of the constructive criticism typical of the intellectual curiosity, wants to go into the depth of these particular financial and administrative usages, whose origins date back into history while they still keep all the strength coming from their validity and recognition. The original language of the Collection is Spanish. However, an abstract in English for each book is provided below.

Régimen Político y Administrativo de las Provincias Vasco Navarras - Jose Mª de Estecha y Martinez, 1918

As stated in its subtitle, this book is a “Collection of Laws, Decrees, Royal Orders and Resolutions of the Contentious-Administrative Court”, a full compilation of legal texts which helped to construct the concept and contents of the economic-administrative issue, in a moment when the new structure of the State was under construction and subsidiarily of the tax self-administration of the Territories that, after the approval of the Law of 21st July of 1876, had a very week legal support.

Los Conciertos Económicos de las Provincias Vascongadas - Nicolás de Vicario y Peña, 1909

This book gathers minutely the legislation, by virtue of which, after the 1876 Law, the legal regime of the Economic Agreement was being legally built. In addition, the book contains the systematized and reliable testimonies of opinions, attitudes and approaches concerning the Economic Agreement of most authors and personalities, which were either really powerful or the outstanding protagonists of the first weak attempts to restore the financial autonomy and the capacity to self-organize the politic and administrative provincial regime.

El Concierto Económico. ¿Qué ha sido, qué es, qué debe ser? - Federico Zabala y Allende, 1927

This books, with an essentially accessible and practice approach, aims at clarifying and fixing ideas about the Economic Agreement, or in the author’s words, at “spreading its justice and convenience”. It has got different sections as determined by the author in the title: the Economic Agreement (previous definition), what it was (development), what it is, (last agreement of 1925-1926) and what it should be (perspectives of the system for future).

Fiat Lux - Nicolás de Vicario y Peña, 1923

This book contains one of the essays which took part in the essays competition, which was announced by the Biscayan Deputation in 1921, with the purpose of preparing conveniently the restoration of the Agreement due in 1926. It contains a comparative study between the tax system in the Basque Provinces and the one in force in the other Spanish provinces. It is divided in three parts: the first one accounts what the taxation in the foral times was; the second one is related to what the agreed regime was at the moment of writing the essay and the third one focuses on what, in the author’s opinion, the regime should be in future.

Información sobre la Hacienda Provincial (1913) - Diputación Provincial de Vizcaya - Ayuntamiento de Bilbao

This book is not written by only one author but it gathers three short essays containing contributions from different sources in relation with a common topic, referred not to the fundaments of the agreed regime but to the different alternatives of the execution of the tax sovereignty conferred by the regime. The contributions were made in response to the consultation the Foral Deputation presented, on the Indalecio Prieto´s initiative, regarding the reform of the tax system.

El Concierto Económico con el Estado - Francisco Gascue, 1907

It is a book which analyses the tax effort in Gipuzkoa. It can be highlighted that some of the debates, as the one about the budgetary policy of local entities or another about the scope of the Economic Agreement or the Quota are also of great relevance nowadays.

Régimen administrativo antiguo y moderno de Vizcaya y Guipúzcoa - Pablo de Alzola, 1910

At a time when the discussions about direct contribution were arising, the author analyses the original documentary sources in order to find the historical support of the antagonist approaches in relation with the fact that the Foral Deputation maintained a differentiate tax system from the one in the Spanish State. This book also contains a biography of the author as he is one of the persons of reference in the analysis of the economic and administrative status of the Economic Agreement during the period when the book was written.

Facultades de las Diputaciones Vascongadas como Organismos Administrativos, 1925

This essay, together with the one published with the number four of the “Classical” Collection, belongs to the group of essays which took part in the essays competition announced by the Biscayan Deputation in 1921 with the purpose of preparing conveniently the restoration of the Agreement due in 1926. Its contents don’t deal strictly with the Economic Agreement but it contains a systematization of the administrative competences of the Foral Deputations.