The Warp of Ulster's Past: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Irish Linen Industry, 1700-1920

The Warp of Ulster's Past: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Irish Linen Industry, 1700-1920

by Marilyn Cohen (Editor)


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For two centuries the linen industry provided the economic warp for the fabric of social life in Ulster. Until now, the central importance of the linen industry to key themes in Irish history and society has received little scholarly attention. In an unprecedented, multifaceted collection, The Warp of Ulster's Past gathers top scholars from the fields of history, sociology, and anthropology to put forth their perspectives on various themes and issues connected to this single industry. Exploring the relationships between the linen industry and capitalist development, economic class, social life, and religious and gender stratification, the essays combine to offer a truly comprehensive look at Irish history. A unique and engaging book of reference, The Warp of Ulster's Past moves beyond rigid disciplinary boundaries and reveals how deeply linen shaped Ulster's heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312129071
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/29/1997
Edition description: 1997
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Preface - Introduction; M.Cohen - PART 1: LINEN AND THE FABRIC OF EIGHTEENTH CENTURY IRELAND, 1690-1830 - The Irish and Scottish Linen Industries in the 18th Century; J.Gray - The Irish Linen Board, 1711-1828; H.Gribbon - Contested Terrain: The Making of a Market Culture in Ulster Linens; A.McKernan - Ideology and Materialism: Politicization and Ulster Weavers in the 1790's; N.Curtain - Linen and the Irish Northwest: Unfinished Business, or the Experience of the 1830's; J.Vincent - PART 2: AN EMERGING CAPITALIST LINEN INDUSTRY, 1825-1920 -Irish Linen: A Peripheral Industry; D.O'Hearn - Problems of the European Linen Industry, 1870-1914; P.Ollerenshaw - Vertical Integration and De-integration in Spinning and Weaving, 1830-1913; E.Boyle - The Loom, the Land and the Marketplace: Women Weavers and the Family Economy in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Ireland; B.Collins - Toward an Historical Anthropology of Work: Structure and Subjectivity Among Linen Workers in Tullylish, 1900-1920; M.Collins - List of Tables and Figures - Index

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