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Rural industry
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1. Definition and typology

Long neglected by scholars, rural industry has become increasingly important as an indicator of economic and social change in the early modern period. Emphasizing the rural location, like industrial trades and crafts, the term broadly includes all non-agricultural activities but in the context of rural society, that is, either full time or part time work in conjunction wi…

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Kießling, Rolf, “Rural industry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023065>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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