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Before the emergence of steam-power and mechanized factory production at the end of the 19th century, handicrafts in principle comprised the entire secondary sector, with guild crafts and (mostly female) home production (primarily textiles) as the major areas (mining and subsistence production cannot be covered here). With progressive industrialization, handic…

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Schütte, Hans-Wilm, “Handicrafts”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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