Young Women, Textile Labour, and Marriage in Europe and China around 1800

  • Ann Waltner
  • Mary Jo Maynes


This chapter explores young women’s transition to adulthood in select regions of China and Europe from the mid-seventeenth through to the mid-nineteenth century and concentrates, in particular, on young women’s household and non-household labour (especially in the production of thread and cloth) as they move through the life-cycle transition from daughters to wives and from a natal to a marital household. The time frame of the chapter encompasses periods of important commercial and technological developments in textile production and marketing in both Europe and China and allows us to focus on an underexplored dimension of parallels and divergences—namely, family, gender, and generational relations. We also compare the apparently different relationships to labour and commodity markets experienced by young women in the two regions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Waltner
    • 1
  • Mary Jo Maynes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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