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Experiencing Wages: Social and Cultural Aspects of Wage Forms in Europe since 1500

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When discussing wages, historians have traditionally concentrated on the level of wages, much less on how people were paid for their work. Important aspects were thus ignored such as how frequently were wages actually paid, how much of the wage was paid in non-monetary form - whether as traditional perquisites or community relief - especially when there was often insufficient coinage available to pay wages. Covering a wide geographical area, ranging from Spain to Finland, and time span, ranging from the sixteenth...

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Overview

When discussing wages, historians have traditionally concentrated on the level of wages, much less on how people were paid for their work. Important aspects were thus ignored such as how frequently were wages actually paid, how much of the wage was paid in non-monetary form - whether as traditional perquisites or community relief - especially when there was often insufficient coinage available to pay wages. Covering a wide geographical area, ranging from Spain to Finland, and time span, ranging from the sixteenth century to the 1930s, this volume offers fresh perspectives on key areas in social and economic history such as the relationship between customs, moral economy, wages and the market, changing pay and wage forms and the relationship between age, gender and wages.

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Peter Scholliers works at the Center for Contemporary Social History, Free University Brussels, and Leonard Schwarz at the Department of Modern History, University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
1 The wage in Europe since the sixteenth century 3
2 Institutional and cultural change in wage formation: post labour in Antwerp (sixteenth-eighteenth centuries) 27
3 When labour hires capital: evidence from Lancashire, 1870-1914 53
4 Giving notice: the legitimate way of quitting and firing (Ghent, 1877-1896) 81
5 Wage forms, wage systems and wage conflicts in German crafts during the eighteenth and earlier nineteenth centuries 113
6 Wage forms, pay systems and labour control in nineteenth-century agriculture. Evidence from the Dutch province of Groningen 139
7 Cash, wages and the economy of makeshifts in England, 1650-1800 155
8 Gendered wage systems and industrialisation in Finland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries 183
9 Engendering the experience of wages: the evolution of the piecework system at the Spanish Tobacco Monopoly, 1800-1930s 201
10 Age, gender and the wage in Britain, 1830-1930 229
11 At what cost was pre-eminence purchased? Child labour and the first industrial revolution 251
Notes on Contributors 269
Index 273
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