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Worthy effforts : attitudes to work and workers in pre-industrial Europe

Author: Catharina Lis; Hugo Soly
Publisher: Boston : Brill, 2012.
Series: Studies in global social history, 10.
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In Worthy Efforts Catharina Lis and Hugo Soly offer an innovative approach to the history of perceptions and representations of work in Europe throughout Classical Antiquity and the medieval and  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catharina Lis; Hugo Soly
ISBN: 9789004231436 9004231439 9789004232778 900423277X
OCLC Number: 794034794
Description: xiv, 664 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: General Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Antiquity and Christianity: A Polyphonic Heritage 1. Attitudes to Work and Workers in Ancient Greece Productive Virtue Specialization and Politics Freedom and Independence Non-agrarian Activities: Morality and Meaning Craftsmanship and Honour Occupation and Identity Competing Discourses 2. The Roman Empire: Continuity and Change The Economy and Elite Values Freedmen: Wealth and Status Collegia: Occupation, Status, and Power Skilled Labour as the Core of Social Identity Work Ethic A Provisional Balance 3. Christian Ideologies of Work `Great Are these Achievements, and Dinstinctively Human' `If Anyone Will Not Work, Then Let Him Not Eat' Ora et Labora Naked to Follow the Naked Christ Slaves of Christ, the Indigent, and Sinners Workers at the Crossroads of Order and Chaos Labour in a `Calling' Part II: Workers in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Images and Self-Images 4. Imagined Peasantries Contrasting Images The Place of the Laboratores Interdependence and Reciprocity Hierarchy and Inequality `When Adam Delved and Eve Span' Town and Country The Patriarchical Household and Rural Work `Improvement' Rural Idyll 5. Commerce: Useful and Honourable Work The Christian Church: Commerce as Work Honour versus Profit? Humanists and the Pursuit of Private Wealth Urban Middle Groups and Big Business Self-Images and Self-Representations Businesswomen Short-Lived Communities of Commerce The Ideal of a Commercial Society New Dissonances 6. Artisans: Practice and Theory Mechanical Arts Craft Guilds Urban Corporatism: A World of Distinctions The `Backbone' of the Corporative World Idealized Artisans and Imagined Workshops Self-Conscious Master Artisans Masters of Design and Original Creators Theoreticians and Technicians Fecit et Invenit `Intellectual Artists' and `Craftsmen-Artists' Women Artists: Amateurs or Professionals? Light Bearing Versus Fruit Bearing Theory Does Not Labour The Middling Sort and the Value of Human Labour 7. The Many Faces of Wage-Labour Labour Laws `Living at Their Own Hand' Undeserving, Masterless Men and Idle Rogues Employment and the Active Society The Labouring Poor What Freedom? Work and Happiness Autonomous, Independent, and Self-Sufficient Collective Action Concluding Reflections Bibliography Index
Series Title: Studies in global social history, 10.
Responsibility: by Catharina Lis and Hugo Soly.


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"Without a doubt [...] a seminal study and a milestone in the historiography of work and workers. Not only does it range impressively over a period of two and a half milennia, from ancient Greece to Read more...

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