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A Bitter Living: Women, Markets, and Social Capital in Early Modern Germany

Sheilagh Ogilvie


What role did women play in the pre-industrial European economy? This book tackles this question using a body of new evidence. By examining women's activities in a particular pre-industrial economy — the early modern German territory of Württemberg — it questions mono-causal explanations that ascribe women's economic position to reproductive biology, technology, or cultural beliefs. Instead, it shows that social institutions play the key role. Markets expanded in Europe between 1600 and 1800, creating economic opportunities for both women and men, but they were circumscribed by strong ‘social ... More

Keywords: Germany, Württemberg, social capital, institutions, community, guild, state, informal sector, proto-industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205548
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205548.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheilagh Ogilvie, author
Reader in Economic History, University of Cambridge
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