Craft Guilds in the Early Modern Low Countries: Work, Power and Representation

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Maarten Roy Prak
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2006 - History - 269 pages
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The essays in this volume shed new light on the corporate system of guilds in the Low Countries, identifying its various features and regional variances. The contributors explore the interrelations between economic organisations and political power in late medieval and early modern towns, and address issues of gender, religion and social welfare in the context of the guilds.
  

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Contents

The establishment and distribution of craft guilds in the Low Countries
32
guilds as institutions
74
Export industries craft guilds and capitalist trajectories
107
Catharina Lis and Hugo Soly
133
religious rituals in preindustrial
157
mutual aid within the guild system
174
Corporative capital and social representation in the Southern and
194
Conclusion
224
Bibliography
232
Index of industries and professions
263
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