Edited by Anna Bellavitis et Beatrice Zucca Micheletto.
This volume is divided into three parts. The first, Laws, presents general outlines related to some European regions ; the second, Family strategies or marital economies ?, questions the potential conflict between the economic interests of the married couple and those of the lineage within the nobility ; finally, the third part of the book, Inside the urban economy, focuses on economic and work activities of the middle and lower classes in the urban environment. The assorted and rich panorama offered by the history of the legislation on women’s economic rights shows that similarities and differences run through Europe in such a way that the North/South model looks very stereotyped. While this approach calls into question classical geographical and cultural maps and well-established chronologies, it encourages a reconsideration of European history according to a cross-boundaries perspective.
By drawing on a wide range of social, economic and cultural European contexts, from the late medieval to early modern age to the nineteenth century, and including the middle and lower classes (especially artisans, merchants and traders) as well as the economic practices and norms of the upper middle class and aristocracy, this book will be of interest to economic and social historians, sociologists of health, gender and sexuality, and economists.