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Reaching beyond the city wall: London guilds and national regulation, 1500–1700

Wallis, Patrick and Gadd, Ian A. (2008) Reaching beyond the city wall: London guilds and national regulation, 1500–1700. In: Epstein, Stephan R. and Prak, M., (eds.) Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400 - 1800. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 288-316. ISBN 9780521887175

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For a long time guilds have been condemned as a major obstacle to economic progress in the pre-industrial era. This re-examination of the role of guilds in the early modern European economy challenges that view by taking into account new research on innovation, technological change and entrepreneurship. Leading economic historians argue that industry before the Industrial Revolution was much more innovative than previous studies have allowed for and explore the new products and production techniques that were launched and developed in this period. Much of this innovation was fostered by the craft guilds that formed the backbone of industrial production before the rise of the steam engine. The book traces the manifold ways in which guilds in a variety of industries in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Britain helped to create an institutional environment conducive to technological and marketing innovations. Provides a major revision of the literature on Europe’s early modern economy by challenging the traditional view of the role of guilds in that period • Features contributions by leading economic historians • Will appeal to scholars of early modern European economic history, institutional economics and social capital

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2009 10:27
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 01:09

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