This book offers a comparative perspective on Northern and Southern European laws and customs concerning women's property and economic rights. By focusing on both Northern and Southern European societies, these studies analyse the consequences of different juridical frameworks and norms on the development of the economic roles of men and women.By drawing on a wide range of social, economic and cultural European contexts, from the late medieval to early modern age to the nineteenth century, andincluding the middle and lower classes (especially artisans, merchants and traders) as well as the economic practices and norms of the upper middle class and aristocracy, this book will be of interest to economic and social historians, sociologists of health, gender andsexuality, and economists.This volume is divided into three parts. The first, Laws, presents general outlines related to some European regions; the second, Family strategies or marital economies?, questions the potential conflict between the economic interests of the married couple and those of the lineage within the nobility; finally, the third part of the book, Inside the urban economy, focuses on economic and work activities of middle and lower classes in the urban environment. The assorted and rich panorama offered by the history of the legislation on women's economic rights shows that similarities and differences run through Europe in such a way that the North/South model looks very stereotyped. While this approach calls into question classical geographical and cultural maps and well-established chronologies, it encourages a reconsideration of European history according to a cross-boundaries perspective.
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chapter Introduction: North versus South - gender, law and economic well-being in Europe in the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries / ANNA BELLAVITIS AND BEATRICE ZUCCA MICHELETTO part PART I Laws chapter 1 Community of goods, coverture and capability in Britain: Scotland versus England / Scotland versus England DEBORAH SIMONTON chapter 2 Between parental power and marital authority: How merchant women stood the test of customary laws in Brittany in the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries / NICOLE DUFOURNAUD chapter 3 Exceptional women: Female merchants and working women in Italy in the early modern period / SIMONA FECI chapter 4 Married women's property rights in the nineteenth century in France and Spain: A North-South case study / MARION RÖWEKAMP chapter 5 From legal diversity to centralization: Marriage and wealth in nineteenth-century Greece / EVDOXIOS DOXIADIS part PART II Family strategies or marital economies? chapter 6 Marriage, law and property: Married noblewomen's role in property management in fifteenth-century Norway / SUSANN ANETT PEDERSEN chapter 7 Class privileges and the public good: The monti dei maritaggi in early modern Naples / VITTORIA FIORELLI chapter 8 Women of high- and medium-ranking officers in the Île-de- France between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: What economic agency? / CLAIRE CHATELAIN chapter 9 Undivided brothers - renouncing sisters: Family strategies of low nobility in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Tyrol / SIGLINDE CLEMENTI part PART III Inside the urban economy chapter 10 The 'egalitarian trend' in practice: Female participation in capital markets in late medieval Leuven / ANDREA BARDYN chapter 11 Women and credit in eighteenth-century Venice: A preliminary analysis / MATTEO POMPERMAIER chapter 12 Married women, property and paraphernalia in early modern Scotland / REBECCA MASON chapter 13 Women at work in a Southern European town: Women, guilds and commercial partnerships in Venice in the sixteenth century / EMILIE FIORUCCI chapter 14 Law, wives and the marital economy in sixteenth-century Antwerp: Bridging the gap between theory and practice / KAAT CAPPELLE chapter 15 Women, law and business formation in early modern Paris / JANINE M. LANZA chapter 16 Bankruptcies, a gateway to gender history: The example of women book traders in Paris in the nineteenth century / VIERA REBOLLEDO-DHUIN.