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Prices, Food and Wages in Scotland, 1550-1780 - A. J. S. Gibson

Prices, Food and Wages in Scotland, 1550-1780

Hardcover Published: 27th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521346566
Number Of Pages: 416

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This is the first study of Scottish price history to be published, and a major contribution to the economic and social history of early modern and pre-industrial Britain. Using the remarkable series of 'fiars' prices for grains and other contemporary sources, Gibson and Smout focus, in particular, on the prices of grain, meal and animal products, and assess how Scots artisans and labourers could survive in an economy that could pay only very low money wages. The authors show how the Scottish people experienced fluctuations in welfare both in the longer term from generation to generation, and within a given life-cycle. The Scottish records on prices and wages are a unique historical resource, to which Gibson and Smout have applied both traditional and quantitative historical techniques. In so doing they have produced a path-breaking contribution to the perennial debate on the standard of living of ordinary people prior to the onset of industrialisation.

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'... an excellent statistical survey ... represents a major advance in our understanding of early modern and eighteenth century Scotland.' Economic History Review

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
A note on Scottish and English money
Map of Scottish counties and principal burghs
The system of burgh price regulation
The system of county fiars
Press reports of monthly market prices
Trends and fluctuations in grain price movements
The price of animals and animal products
Wages in money and kind
Real wages
Scottish weights and measures, 1580-1780
Accessing the data
Person index
Place index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521346566
ISBN-10: 0521346568
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 27th January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.43 x 18.16  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.82

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