Wealth and Work in Early Modern Britain (HISM035)

30 credits

This module examines forms of work and levels of wealth in early modern Britain with a focus on the household. The house was the normal place of work in the early modern period, and the economy was conceived as a multitude of household economies, each run with aim of achieving a family’s survival, present and future. The module asks how did this household-based form of economy interact with rapid commercialization during the early modern period? And how did the growth of waged work, international trade and increasingly sophisticated ways of borrowing, lending and making money impact on the family?