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State Corporatism and Proto-Industry : The Wurttemberg Black Forest, 1580-1797 - Sheilagh C. Ogilvie

State Corporatism and Proto-Industry

The Wurttemberg Black Forest, 1580-1797

Hardcover Published: 13th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521372091
Number Of Pages: 540

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State Corporatism and Proto-Industry focuses on an industrial countryside in southwest Germany, where a dense worsted industry dominated the rural economy from 1580 to 1800. This is an example of 'proto-industry', the dense, export-oriented rural manufacturing which arose throughout Europe before factory industrialisation. But although the Wurttemberg worsted industry possessed all the features of a classic proto-industry, closer scrutiny throws doubt on basic assumptions about European proto-industrialisation. In this book, Sheilagh Ogilvie shows that proto-industries did not break down traditional society. Instead, corporate institutions such as guilds, merchant companies, village communities and manorial systems retained enormous power. This was a result of 'state corporatism': the expanding early modern state granted privileges to favoured groups in return for fiscal and regulatory co-operation. As Ogilvie shows, these corporate privileges profoundly constrained both individual decisions and economic development.

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'... [this is] a work of rigorous scholarship which locates the evidence from the Black Forest within a broader European framework. It is only on the basis of studies such as this that the institutional determinants of long-term growth in Continental Europe will be understood more clearly.' Labour History Review

The proto-industrialization debate
Social institutions in early modern Wnrttemberg
The Black Forest worsted industry
The finances of the proto-industrial guild
Labour supply and entry restrictions
Production volume and output controls
Population growth and the family
Corporate groups and economic development
Corporatism and conflict
Proto-industry and social institutions in Europe
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ISBN: 9780521372091
ISBN-10: 0521372097
Series: Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 540
Published: 13th August 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.91