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Seasonal labor
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1. Definition and theory

In German-speaking Europe, seasonal labor as a legal and socio-scientific concept did not become common until the second half of the 19th century. It was associated with a change in the rural employment regime on the one hand and on the other with the increasing juridification of working conditions, the isolation of national labor markets, and the control of trans-national occupational migration. The intensification of agricultural production, especially on the large estates east of t…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Seasonal labor”, 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 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026894>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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