Kinship and Capitalism: Marriage, Family, and Business in the English-Speaking World, 1580-1740

Kinship and Capitalism: Marriage, Family, and Business in the English-Speaking World, 1580-1740

ISBN-10:
052103308X
ISBN-13:
9780521033084
Pub. Date:
12/28/2006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

Kinship and Capitalism: Marriage, Family, and Business in the English-Speaking World, 1580-1740

This uncompromisingly empirical study reconstructs the public and private lives of urban business families during the period of England's emergence as a world economic power. Using a broad cross-section of archival, rather than literary, sources, it tests the orthodox view that the family as an institution was transformed by capitalism and individualism. The overall conclusion is that none of the abstract models invented to explain the historical development of the family withstand empirical scrutiny and that familial capitalism, not possessive individualism, was the motor of economic growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521033084
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Tables; Abbreviations; Explanatory notes; Preface; Introduction: models and myths; Part I. Marriage: 1. Making a match; 2. Husbands and wives; 3. Widowers and widows; Part II. The Business Family: 4. Parents and children; 5. Adulthood and old age; 6. Kin and community; Part III. The Family Business: 7. Men in business; 8. Women in business; 9. Inheritance and advancement; Conclusion: capitalism and the life cycle; Appendices; Sources; Index.

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