State Corporatism and Proto-Industry: The Wurttemberg Black Forest, 1580-1797

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State corporatism and proto-industry focusses on the Wurttemberg Black Forest, where a dense, export-oriented worsted industry arose in the 1560s, and dominated the rural economy for the next 240 years. This is an example of what is known as 'proto-industry': the export-oriented rural manufacturing which became a distinctive feature of the European economy between 1500 and 1800. Proto-industry is often regarded as having broken down traditional society and prepared the way for factories and capitalism. Sheilagh Ogilvie shows that in Wurttemberg proto-industry did not break down traditional social constraints on economic and demographic behaviour. Until at least 1800, corporate institutions - communities, rural guilds, and merchant companies - exercised enormous power over the lives of ordinary individuals. Ogilvie argues that this early modern European economy - and many others - remained stagnant and poor because privileged social institutions constrained micro-level decisions.
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"State Corporatism and Proto-Industry...greatly advances our understanding of the development of the European economy in the crucial seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. ...a powerful new perspective on the fascinatingly diverse emergence of pre-factory industrialization." Robert S. DuPlessis, Canadian Jrnl of History

"...solidly argued study" Dennis Frey, Jr., German Studies Review

"...provocative and, ultimately, convincing. State Corporatism and Proto-Industry should be required for all economic and social historians of early modern Europe." Thomas Max Safley, Journal of Modern History

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
2 The proto-industrialization debate 16
3 Social institutions in early modern Wurttemberg 35
4 The Black Forest worsted industry 86
5 The finances of the proto-industrial guild 113
6 Labour supply and entry restrictions 127
7 Production volume and output controls 181
8 Population growth and the family 225
9 Corporate groups and economic development 308
10 Corporatism and conflict 364
11 Proto-industry and social institutions in Europe 398
12 Conclusion 447
Bibliography 476
Index 499
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