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Guilds In Recent Historical Scholarship

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The present paper concentrates on research on guilds in the last two decades. Nevertheless, it is important to identify some of the foundations that this research was based on. For this one needs to go back to the early seventies. It was then that many of the issues that form the basis of studies on urban guilds today started emerging. During the early seventies, the study of guilds moved from a study of institutions, often of a descriptive nature, to the study of guilds as history with a context in time and place and part of the process of change. This article expressed a view that several other historians held. In conclusion, scholarship on guilds during the last two decades has developed along a number of lines. It is more broadly based; it has brought to light the diversity and complexity of the guild institution in its various forms.

Keywords: early seventies; guilds; history; scholarship



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