Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400-1800 by S. R. Epstein
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Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400-1800
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Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400-1800

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Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400-1800 by S. R. Epstein

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521887175
ISBN-10: 0521887178
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 364
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Town and Country in Europe, 1300-1800 by S. R. Epstein Town and Country in Europe, 1300-1800, Paperback (January 2004)

This 2001 book was the first survey of relations between town and country across Europe between 1300 and 1800.

Freedom and Growth by S. R. Epstein Freedom and Growth, Hardback (August 2000)

This book examines whether different kinds of 'freedoms' (absolutist, parliamentary and republican) caused different economic outcomes, and shows the effect of different political regimes on long term development.

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Author Biography - S. R. Epstein

S. R. Epstein (1960-2007) was Professor of Economic History and Head of the Economic History Department at the London School of Economics. His numerous publications include Freedom and Growth: Markets and States in Europe, 1300-1750 (2000) and, as editor, Town and Country in Europe, 1300-1800 (2002). Maarten Prak is Professor of Social and Economic History at Utrecht University. He is author and editor of several books, including The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century (2005).

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