Gender, Law and Economic Well-Being in Europe from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century: North versus South? (Hardback) book cover

Gender, Law and Economic Well-Being in Europe from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century

North versus South?

Edited by Anna Bellavitis, Beatrice Zucca Micheletto

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282 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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This book offers a comparative perspective on Northern and Southern European laws and customs concerning women’s property and economic rights. By focusing on both Northern and Southern European societies, these studies analyse the consequences of different juridical frameworks and norms on the development of the economic roles of men and women.

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 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.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of figures

List of tables

List of editors and contributors

Acknowledgements

Introduction: North versus South – gender, law and economic well-being in Europe in the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries

ANNA BELLAVITIS AND BEATRICE ZUCCA MICHELETTO

PART I

Laws

1 Community of goods, coverture and capability in Britain: Scotland versus England

DEBORAH SIMONTON

2 Between parental power and marital authority: How merchant women stood the test of customary laws in Brittany in the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries

NICOLE DUFOURNAUD

3 Exceptional women: Female merchants and working women in Italy in the early modern period

SIMONA FECI

4 Married women’s property rights in the nineteenth century in France and Spain: A North–South case study

MARION RÖWEKAMP

5 From legal diversity to centralization: Marriage and wealth in nineteenth-century Greece

EVDOXIOS DOXIADIS

PART II

Family strategies or marital economies?

6 Marriage, law and property: Married noblewomen’s role in property management in fifteenth-century Norway

SUSANN ANETT PEDERSEN

7 Class privileges and the public good: The monti dei maritaggi in early modern Naples

VITTORIA FIORELLI

8 Women of high- and medium-ranking officers in the Île-de-France between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: What economic agency?

CLAIRE CHATELAIN

9 Undivided brothers – renouncing sisters: Family strategies of low nobility in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Tyrol

SIGLINDE CLEMENTI

PART III

Inside the urban economy

10 The ‘egalitarian trend’ in practice: Female participation in capital markets in late medieval Leuven

ANDREA BARDYN

11 Women and credit in eighteenth-century Venice: A preliminary analysis

MATTEO POMPERMAIER

12 Married women, property and paraphernalia in early modern Scotland

REBECCA MASON

13 Women at work in a Southern European town: Women, guilds and commercial partnerships in Venice in the sixteenth century

EMILIE FIORUCCI

14 Law, wives and the marital economy in sixteenth-century Antwerp: Bridging the gap between theory and practice

KAAT CAPPELLE

15 Women, law and business formation in early modern Paris

JANINE M. LANZA

16 Bankruptcies, a gateway to gender history: The example of women book traders in Paris in the nineteenth century

VIERA REBOLLEDO-DHUIN

Index

About the Editors

Anna Bellavitis is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Rouen-Normandy, Director of the Groupe de Recherche d’Histoire (GRHis EA3831) and Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

Beatrice Zucca Micheletto is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, and associated researcher at the Groupe de Recherche d’Histoire, University of Rouen-Normandy.

About the Series

Gender and Well-Being

Wellbeing is a multidimensional and multidisciplinary concept which draws on insights from across the humanities and social sciences. This series approaches these issues from an explicitly gendered perspective. It explores the ways in which gender impacts on all aspects of women’s and men’s wellbeing. It examines the extent to which women and men have used their agency to gain access to a decent, equitable and sustainable quality of life; and it explores the ways in which economic and social policies have sustained and enhanced wellbeing for women and men, both now and in the past.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS010020
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
SOC025000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Work
SOC026030
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOC045000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness