Partners in marriage and business? Guilds and the family economy in the urban food markets in the Dutch Republic

van den Heuvel, Danielle (2008) Partners in marriage and business? Guilds and the family economy in the urban food markets in the Dutch Republic. Continuity and Change, 23 (2). pp. 217-236. ISSN ISSN: 0268-4160. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article examines spousal cooperation in the early modern Dutch food markets. It shows that although husband and wife business partnerships were very common in market-based retailing, great differences existed in the way spouses worked together. Most urban retail trades were guild-organized and the guilds therefore had a significant influence on the family economy. Guild policy was, however, very flexible and responded to local economic circumstances. It appears that the size and the organization of the markets were crucial in shaping the roles of the men and women who held stalls. Processes of commercialization generally benefited independent female entrepreneurship over the more traditional husband and wife partnerships.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Danielle van den Heuvel
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 10:16
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2014 16:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30921 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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