European Proto-Industrialization: An Introductory Handbook

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Reader Faculty of Economics and Politics Sheilagh Ogilvie, Sheilagh Ogilvie, Markus Cerman, Associate Professor of Economic and Social History Markus Cerman
Cambridge University Press, Feb 23, 1996 - Business & Economics - 274 pages
This collection of essays provides an up-to-date introduction to 'proto-industrialization': the growth of export-oriented domestic industries which took place all over Europe between about 1500 and 1800. Often these industries expanded alongside agriculture, without advanced technology or centralized factories. Since the 1970s, numerous theories have been proposed, arguing that proto-industrialization transformed demographic behaviour, social structure and traditional institutions, and was a major cause of capitalism and factory industrialization. European proto-industrialization summarizes the theories and criticisms, and includes a reconsideration of the original theories, and chapters written by experts on different European countries. It provides an essential guide to an important, yet often confusing, field of economic and social history.
 

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Contents

The theories of protoindustrialization
1
Protoindustrialization as a research strategy and a historical period a balancesheet
12
Social institutions and protoindustrialization
23
Protoindustrialization in France
38
Protoindustrialization in England
49
Ireland 1841 preindustrial or protoindustrial industrializing or deindustrializing?
67
Protoindustrialization in Spain
85
Protoindustry in Flanders a critical review
102
Protoindustrialization in Switzerland
137
The protoindustrial heritage forms of rural protoindustry in northern Italy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
155
Protoindustrial development in Austria
171
Protoindustrialization in Bohemia Moravia and Silesia
188
Protoindustrialization in Sweden
208
Protoindustrialization economic development and social change in early modern Europe
227
References
240
Index
268

Protoindustrialization in Germany
118

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