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Prices, Food and Wages in Scotland, 1550-1780

Prices, Food and Wages in Scotland, 1550-1780

by A. J. S. Gibson, T. C. Smout
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This is the first study of Scottish price history to be published, and a major contribution to the economic and social history of early modern and pre-industrial Britain. Using the remarkable series of "fiars" prices for grains and other contemporary sources, Gibson and Smout focus, in particular, on the prices of grain, meal and animal products, and assess how Scots laborers could survive in an economy that could pay only very low money wages. Their conclusions make a powerful contribution to the perennial debate on the standard of living of ordinary people prior to industrialization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521037808
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/19/2007
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.65(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; A note on Scottish and English money; Map of Scottish counties and principal burghs; 1. Introduction; 2. The system of burgh price regulation; 3. The system of county fiars; 4. Press reports of monthly market prices; 5. Trends and fluctuations in grain price movements; 6. The price of animals and animal products; 7. Food; 8. Wages in money and kind; 9. Real wages; Appendix I: Scottish weights and measures, 1580-1780; Appendix II: accessing the data; Bibliography; Person index; Place index; Subject index.

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