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Reaching beyond the City Wall: London guilds and national regulation, 1500–1700

Gadd, I and Wallis, P (2008) 'Reaching beyond the City Wall: London guilds and national regulation, 1500–1700.' In: Epstein, S and Prak, M, eds. Guilds, Innovation, and the European Economy 1400–1800. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521887175

Abstract

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 fresh 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 different 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.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Guilds — Europe — History. Industrialization — Europe — History. Europe — Commerce — History.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 10:07
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:29
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/665
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