Woollen Manufacturing in the Early Modern Mediterranean (1550–1630): Changing Labour Relations in a Commodity Chain

  • Andrea CaracausiEmail author


Caracausi investigates changes in labour relations using a micro-historical perspective and testing the heuristic tool of the commodity chain approach. The chapter shows the potential of this combined approach for global labour history, especially when it does not use pre-ordinate categories, but instead ‘spatialises’ the commodity chain under investigation, reconstructing units of analysis, historical periodisations and unveiling questions that would remain hidden if a macro-perspective were taken. Focusing on the woollen manufacturing of early modern Padua, Caracausi shows how the trajectories in labour relations depended on the interweaving of manufacturing, trade and consumption within the industry and on dynamics that link together free and unfree labour, within and outside the commodity change.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PaduaPaduaItaly

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