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The European Guilds

Sheilagh Ogilvie


Guilds ruled many crafts and trades from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, and have always attracted debate and controversy. They were sometimes viewed as efficient institutions that guaranteed quality and skills. But they also excluded competitors, manipulated markets, and blocked innovations. Did the benefits of guilds outweigh their costs? Analyzing thousands of guilds that dominated European economies from 1000 to 1880, this book uses vivid examples and clear economic reasoning to answer that question. The book features the voices of honourable guild masters, underpaid journeym ... More

Keywords: guilds, guild masters, journeymen, apprentices, work skills, apprenticeships, guild members, political elites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691137544
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691137544.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheilagh Ogilvie, author
University of Cambridge