Work in Early Modern Italy, 1500–1800

  • Luca Mocarelli
  • Giulio Ongaro

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Luca Mocarelli, Giulio Ongaro
    Pages 1-18
  3. Luca Mocarelli, Giulio Ongaro
    Pages 19-40
  4. Luca Mocarelli, Giulio Ongaro
    Pages 67-103
  5. Luca Mocarelli, Giulio Ongaro
    Pages 105-129
  6. Luca Mocarelli, Giulio Ongaro
    Pages 131-142
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 143-148

About this book


Recent decades have seen many economic history books and articles published about working men and women, small and big entrepreneurs, guilds and state manufactures, farmers and journeymen, and children and citizens. Studies have been conducted both at a macro and a micro level, at a global and at a local scale and with regional and national approaches aimed at analysing cultural, social and economic phenomena associated with the world of work. Yet, there is still new ground to be covered. This book aims to fill a gap in early modern history by presenting new insights in the study of global labour history. It considers the whole Italian peninsula as one geographical unit of analysis, encompassing all of the features that characterize labour cultures during the early modern period. It details the evolution of forms of labour in both agriculture and manufacture and the role of labour as an economic, social and cultural factor in the evolution of the Italian area.


Early Modern Italy Italian labour economics The Little Divergence Wage history Labour history Technology and innovation economics Skilled labour Unskilled labour Italian economic history Renaissance Italy Urban working class Mechanical work Farming history Fishery Lumbering sector Mining sector Economics of urbanisation

Authors and affiliations

  • Luca Mocarelli
    • 1
  • Giulio Ongaro
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Milan-BicoccaMilanItaly
  2. 2.University of Milan-BicoccaMilanItaly

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