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Men at Work : Labourers and Building Craftsmen in the Towns of Northern England, 1450-1750 - Donald Woodward

Men at Work

Labourers and Building Craftsmen in the Towns of Northern England, 1450-1750

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1995
ISBN: 9780521472463
Number Of Pages: 334

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This study redresses the North and South imbalance of much work on economic and social history by focusing on the lives and economic impact of the building trade in the major urban centres of the North during the early modern period. The period 1450-1750 witnessed substantial changes in England: to the size of national population, the range of industry practised, the commodity structure and patterns of overseas trade; in agricultural techniques; and in the proportion of population tied to the soil. Using many hitherto unworked sources from local archives, the author challenges many prevailing orthodoxies. He addresses conditions of work in the building trades, levels of remuneration, the characteristics of the life cycles of male and female workers, gender differences in work, and relationships with employers.

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'... both an anatomy and a vivid evocation of a lost world of work ... This is a rich and rewarding book, firmly based on painstakingly collected and accessibly presented quantitative evidence, and displaying throughout a sustained effort to convey the texture of the lives behind the figures.' The Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
Building craftsmen at work
The life-cycle of building craftsmen
Labourers
Conditions of work for labourers and building craftsmen
Wage rates in the northern towns
Towards an understanding of living standards
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521472463
ISBN-10: 0521472466
Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy & Society in Past Time
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 31st March 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 16.0  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.59

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