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Iron-making Societies : Early Industrial Development in Sweden and Russia, 1600-1900 - Maria Agren

Iron-making Societies

Early Industrial Development in Sweden and Russia, 1600-1900

By: Maria Agren (Editor)

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Published: 30th October 2014
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"[The results of the Russian-Swedish research team] are presented an exemplary fashion and rigorously edited ...Whoever is interested in the industrial development of European economy and society should read this book." * Vierteljahrschrift fur Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte "...very well written, clearly arranged and interesting and easy to read ...an important study." * Eva A-sterberg, Professor of History, University of Lund. The title of this book has a double meaning: on the one hand, it deals with two very different societies both of which made iron in the early modern period. On the other hand, iron "made" these societies: the needs of iron production and the resistance to these demands from local peasant communities gave the societies a special kind of cohesion and rationality. This volume presents the findings of a joint team of Swedish and Russian scholars examining the social organization of work in early modern iron industry and their respective societies. The comparison was carried out against the backdrop of the international discussion on proto-industrialization, its prerequisites and consequences. There has, however, been a certain bias in much of that debate, the focus being mainly on Western Europe, particularly on Britain, and on textile trades. This book offers an important contribution to the debate in that it widens the perspective by discussing Northern and Eastern Europe and by studying the iron industry. More particularly it examines actual production processes, the organization of work, social conflict, questions of ownership and its evolution, as well as the diffusion and organization of technical knowledge. The comparative approach is consistently applied throughout, with each chapter closely integrating the results relating to the two selected geographical areas, thus showing ways of solving some of the problems arising from comparative history.

"[The results of the Russian-Swedish research team] are presented an exemplary fashion and rigorously edited ... Whoever is interested in the industrial development of European economy and society should read this book." * Vierteljahrschrift fur Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte "... very well written, clearly arranged and interesting and easy to read ... an important study." * Eva A-sterberg, Professor of History, University of Lund.

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Introduction: Swedish and Russian Iron-Making As Forms of Early Industryp. 3
Iron-Making in Peasant Communitiesp. 33
The Social Organisation of Work at Mines, Furnaces and Forgesp. 61
Integration of the Agrarian Environment in Iron Production
The Social Organisation of Peasant Workp. 141
Charcoal: Production and Transportp. 179
Households, Families and Iron-Makingp. 218
The Institutional Environment and How It Changed
Community and Propertyp. 247
Knowledge: Its Transfer and Reproduction in Occupationsp. 276
Iron-Making Societies: The Development of the Iron Industry in Sweden and Russia, 1600-1900p. 307
Glossaryp. 327
Notes on Contributorsp. 330
Bibliographyp. 332
Indexp. 348
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ISBN: 9781571819550
ISBN-10: 157181955X
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th October 2014
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.58