Hunt, M. R. and Shepard, A. (2023) Introduction. In: MacLeod, C., Shepard, A. and Ågren, M. (eds.) The Whole Economy: Work and Gender in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9781009359368 (doi: 10.1017/9781009359344.002)

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This introductory chapter makes a case for a gender-inclusive approach to the history of work. The ‘early modern’ period witnessed unprecedented growth in parts of Europe and elsewhere, linked both to the global redistribution of resources and to new ways of organizing labour. This chapter surveys the rich scholarship on the history of women’s work in Europe and its implications for narratives of macroeconomic change and assessments of economic performance. It also discusses the insights brought by feminist economics to the conceptualisation of work and highlights new methodologies for analysing divisions of labour in the past. Finally, it lays out arguments for why women’s work was as important as men’s in producing change.

Item Type:Book Sections (Introduction)
Additional Information:online ISBN: 9781009359344.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLeod, Dr Catriona and Shepard, Professor Alex
Authors: Hunt, M. R., and Shepard, A.
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:09 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