[ExI] The Catholic Impact (was Re: Origin of ethics and morals)T

Tom Nowell nebathenemi at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jan 2 23:58:29 UTC 2012

Sorry for going back to 22 December on this, but I've only just got back online after seasonal festivities.

Mirco wrote:"Another example is the post Black Death Western Europe (mainly Holland).

There the lack of manpower forced the breaking of the guilds power and
allowed the introduction of many technical improvement in the textile
production. This contributed to make a place famous for swamps one of
the richer places of Europe. "

Actually, Holland and England had much weaker craft guilds politically, meaning they were free to adapt working practices as new technologies arose, whereas German and Italian guilds, with their strong restrictions on who could do what work and who was allowed to subcontract slowed progress a lot.

I was reading this article while googling "13th century guilds Dortmund" http://www.iisg.nl/hpw/papers/guilds-soly.pdf

I apologise to Hugo Soly that I could only find this first draft online, but it offers a good insight into the sheer variation of what guilds were like in the middle ages.

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