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The Household Economy in Early Modern Holland


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This study builds on a unique corpus of source material that allows for an unsurpassed view of changes at the level of households. It does so for fifteenth to sixteenth century Holland, which was on its way to become the core region of the mighty Dutch Republic. The researchers direct their view to Edam and its surroundings, a small town to the north of Amsterdam. How did its households respond to new opportunities? Where they able to adjust their strategies, for instance by means of scale enlargement, specialization and wage-labour? And how did they manage to do away with the existing socioeconomic constraints, particularly the dependence on the family economy, which provided security, labour supply and social status?


  • Creating database from data within sources
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  • Prof. dr. Jan Luiten van Zanden (Utrecht University)
  • dr. Tine De Moor (Utrecht University)
  • dr. Jaco Zuijderduijn (Utrecht University)
  • René van Weeren BA (Utrecht University)

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Further transcription, processing and indexing of these sources is yet dependent on future funding. 


Dr. Tine De Moor (Utrecht University)

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Dr. Tine De Moor

Phone:  +31 (30) 253 64 58

Postal address:

Drift 10, 3512 BS , Utrecht, The Netherlands 

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