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Family and Inheritance : Rural Society in Western Europe, 1200-1800 - Jack Goody

Family and Inheritance

Rural Society in Western Europe, 1200-1800

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Published: 17th July 1978
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This pioneering book examines different aspects of the inheritance customs in rural Western Europe in the pre-industrial age: for families and whole societies, the roles of lawyers in reducing them to a common system, and the recurring debate on the merits of various inheritance customs in shaping particular kinds of society. At first sight the study of inheritance customs may appear to be a dull affair, concerned with outdated practices of hair-splitting lawyers; certainly, little academic interest has been shown in the subject. Yet inheritance customs are vital means for the reproduction of the social system, by the transmission of property and other rights through the family. Various family structures and social arrangements are linked by different means of inheritance. This book will interest a wide range of historians, students, postgraduates and teachers alike, whether they are concerned with social, economic, demographic or legal history, in the medieval, early modern or modern periods, and whether their interests are directed to England or other countries of Western Europe; it will also be valuable to social anthropologists, sociologists and historians of ideas. A comprehensive glossary of technical terms has been added for the non-specialist.

Introduction
Inheritance, property and women: some comparative considerations
Family structures and inheritance customs in sixteenth century France
Inheritance, land tenure and peasant family structure: a German regional comparison
Aspects of kinship behaviours and property in rural Western Europe before 1800
Peasant inheritance customs in the Midlands, 1280-1700
Peasant inheritance customs and land distribution in Cambridgeshire from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries
The European debate on customs of inheritance, 1500-1700
Patterns of inheritance and settlement by great landowners from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries
The grid of inheritance: a comment
Private property in history
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780521293549
ISBN-10: 0521293545
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 17th July 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.54