The Whole Economy: Work and Gender in Early Modern Europe

MacLeod, C., Shepard, A. and Ågren, M. (Eds.) (2023) The Whole Economy: Work and Gender in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781009359368

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This book advocates a gender-inclusive approach to the history of work. It both counts and accounts for women’s as well as men’s economic activity and highlights the transformative potential of including women’s work in wider assessments of continuity and change in economic performance. Focusing on the period of European history (1500-1800) that generated unprecedented growth in the northwest—which, in turn, was linked to the global redistribution of resources and upon which industrialisation depended—the contents span key arenas in which women produced change: households, care, agriculture, rural manufacture, urban markets, migration, and war. Showcasing novel conceptual, methodological and empirical perspectives, the analysis refutes the stubborn contention of mainstream economic history that we can generalise about economic performance by focusing solely on the work of adult men and demonstrates that women were active agents in the early modern economy rather than passively affected by changes wrought upon them.

Item Type:Edited Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLeod, Dr Catriona and Shepard, Professor Alex
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:01 June 2023

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
171908Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern EuropeAlexandra ShepardLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)IN-2015-021Arts - History