The Republic of Skill

Artisan Mobility, Innovation, and the Circulation of Knowledge in Premodern Europe


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Artisans travelled all over Europe in the pre-modern period, and they were responsible for many technical innovations and new consumer products. This volume moves away from the model of knowledge ‘transfer’ and, drawing on new understandings of artisan work, considers the links between artisan creativity and mobility. Through case studies of different industries, it emphasizes traditions of migration, the experience of moving, and the stimulus provided by new economic and work environments. For both male and female artisans, the weight of these factors varied from one trade to another, and from place to place.

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David Garrioch is Emeritus Professor of History at Monash University. He has worked on many aspects of urban social history in early modern Europe. His works include The Huguenots of Paris and the Coming of Religious Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Making of Revolutionary Paris (University of California Press, 2004; translated and published in French by La Decouverte, 2013).
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1 Introduction
Artisan Mobility and Innovation in Pre-industrial Europe
David Garrioch
2 Shared Skills and Technologies of Community Formation
Artisanal Epistemologies, Secrecy and Governmentality in Long-term Context
Bert De Munck
3 Artisan Mobility and the Circulation of Knowledge in the Glass Industry in Early Modern Europe
Corine Maitte
4 Seducing Europe
Swiss Sugar-bakers on the Move
Margrit Schulte Beerbühl
5 Circulation of Artisans and Techniques in Construction Sites in Early Modern Europe
Nicoletta Rolla
6 Foreign Furniture-makers and Innovation in Eighteenth-Century Paris
David Garrioch
7 Making and Marketing Porcelain in Eighteenth-century London
Matthew Martin
8 The Eckhardt Family
Inventors on the Move in the Dutch Republic and England, c.1760–1820
Karel Davids
9 A Difficult Matching
Female Artisans, Technical Knowledge and Inventions in Early Modern Savoy-piedmont
Beatrice Zucca Micheletto
10 Made in France?
British Women Workers in the Eighteenth-century Paris Fashion Trades
Simon Macdonald
11 Innovation, Mobility and Knowledge Transfer in Madrid, 1680–1820
José Antolín Nieto Sánchez
12 Painters on the Move in Seventeenth-century Europe
Maarten Prak and Sander Karst

Academics and postgraduates interested in the social history of artisans, labour history, migration history, urban history.
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