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Industry in the Countryside : Wealden Society in the Sixteenth Century - Michael Zell

Industry in the Countryside

Wealden Society in the Sixteenth Century

Hardcover Published: 27th May 1994
ISBN: 9780521445412
Number Of Pages: 276

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Industry in the Countryside is a wide-ranging and readable study of the nature of manufacturing before the Industrial Revolution. It examines the widely-debated theory of 'proto-industrialisation', drawing on data from the Kentish Weald - an area which was already a centre of cottage industry in the Tudor era and was also the earliest rural manufacturing region to 'de-industrialise'. The book analyses the Wealden textile industry from its workforce to its industrialists and emphasises the ubiquity of dual employment among textile workers. It explores the local context of cottage industry, investigating the pattern of landholding and inheritance, the local farming regime, and the demographic background to rural industrialisation. Zell outlines what type of local economy became the site of this so-called 'proto-industry' and shows the impact of cottage industry on the people of such regions. He concludes by asking, is there anything in the 'proto-industrialisation' model?

Landholding, inheritance and the local land market
Demographic movements, household structure and geographical mobility
The Wealden agrarian regime
Occupational structure and levels of wealth in the Weald
The textile industry in the Weald
Clothiers and capitalism
The Weald and 'proto-industrialisation'
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ISBN: 9780521445412
ISBN-10: 0521445418
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 27th May 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58