‘Working for wages 1300-1800: Conditions and forms of pre-industrial labour contracts’
Although the existence of wage labour dates back at least four millennia, ‘free labour’ regulated by employment contract has reached its peak coverage of about 90 percent of the working population in Western countries only in the last century. Yet, recent historical research suggests that forms of wage labour have been more prominent in the early economic development of North Western Europe than used to be recognized. The types of employment relations, however, are manifold and the ways in which they were regulated diverged strongly per region and trough time.
The proposed session intends to compare the contents of early, pre-industrial labour contracts and to study the institutional factors, especially regulation of labour relations, which may explain the regional differences.
For more information:
Robert Knegt, Hugo Sinzheimer Institute, University of Amsterdam
Rokin 84, NL – 1012 KX Amsterdam
Erika Kuijpers, Research Institute for History and Culture, Utrecht University
Drift 10, NL - 3512 BS Utrecht
Please send in proposals for contributions as soon as possible, by April 28th at the latest.
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)