Before the Unions: Wage Earners and Collective Action in Europe, 1300-1850

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Business & Economics - 194 pages
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This volume examines a wide variety of collective and organized labour movements in what is arguably a distinct period in labour history. The approach is a comparative one, looking particularly at the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Low Countries, but also at Western Europe in general.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Journeymen Associations in Western Europe 13001800
11
Tension and Teamwork in the Printing Trades in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
53
Social Organization of Work and Labour Conflicts in ProtoIndustrial Iron Production in Sweden Belgium and Russia
83
Labour Relations at Manufactures in the Eighteenth Century The Calico Printers in Europe
115
Seamens Organizations and Social Protest in Europe c 13001825
145
Seasonal Labourers Mercenaries and Miners
171
Notes on Contributors
195
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Jan Lucassen is professor of international and comparative social history at VU University Amsterdam.

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