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The ‘Decline Thesis’ and the Guilds: An ‘Accordion Movement’?

  • Anna Bellavitis
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Abstract

According to a strong historiographical tradition on Northern Europe, in the early modern times women were excluded from guilds. More generally a progressive loss of ‘status’ of women’s work had supposedly taken place, whose causes should be sought in the development of a capitalist-type mode of production and in the growing separation between workplace and family home. Comparing different European cities, all along the early modern period, the chapter highlights a different and more contradictory evolution.

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  • Anna Bellavitis
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  1. 1.University of RouenRouenFrance

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