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Preface H Van der
Social and Economic Consequences of Structural Changes
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activity Ages agricultural already Antwerp areas became beginning Brabant Brabantine Bruges Brussels capital caused cent centres changes cloth Commercio competition considerable continued costs countryside course decline demand demographic economic effect eighteenth century English especially Europe European example expansion export fabrics fact factors fifteenth Flanders force foreign Ghent growth guild hand History Holland important income increase industry inhabitants interest Italy labour later less linen looms Low Countries luxury manufacture materials merchants Middle Milan mills northern Note organization particular period population possible production proto-industry provinces region relative remained result rise rural rural industry second half sector seventeenth century shows silk situation sixteenth century social southern Netherlands specialized Storia structure success supply Table textile textile industry Tienen took towns trade urban Venetian Venice wages whole wool workers