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1. Significance and history

Within the clothing trade and the whole body of crafts and trades in the early modern period, shoemakers (also: cordwainers) constituted one of the largest occupational groups [5]. As early as 1383, a Nuremberg census counted 81 shoemakers (New Latin calciatores), the largest number of masters [6. 103]. In many large European cities, the number of shoemakers increased until well into the 19th century; around 1828, for example, there…

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Reith, Reinhold and Stöger, Georg, “Shoemaker”, 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 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027240>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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