'This book represents a significant contribution to our knowledge of European artisans in a variety of urban environments. Its contributors explore the myths and representations of the artisan that still inform the literature of production and modernization. Eleven well-researched essays cover 400 years and are woven together in an excellent opening chapter by editor Geoffrey Crossick...The strengths of this volume are many.' American Historical Review '...a collection definitely worth recommending...' English Historical Review 'Thanks to Geoffrey Crossick, the European artisan has become a familiar historical figure. Gone are the broad brush strokes, the stereotyping, the image of the disgruntled who fed the forces of fascism. In its place is a highly nuanced understanding of what it meant to be an artisan in particular places and at particular times...Building on the work of Crossick himself...the current contributors tackle their subjects with enthusiasm and confidence...It is impossible in a review of this length to do justice to all the papers in this collection...This is a collection of essays which truly illuminates its subject.' Labour History Review '...a valuable collection of new research in the ever-fascinating and yet elusive world of the artisanal past.' Urban History Review 'An accomplished labor historian and veteran editor, Crossick excels himself here, selecting focused case studies of urban artisan life that employ new sources in innovative ways...Contributors have been encouraged to explore the wider consequences of local findings. The motif here (and telltale sign of a Crossick collection) is the crisp summary of prodigious quantities of research.' Journal of Modern History
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Geoffrey Crossick, University of Essex, UK Geoffrey Crossick, Christopher R. Friedrichs, James R. Farr, Michael Berlin , Natacha Coquery, Josette Pontet, Lars Edgren, Elizabeth Musgrave, Josef Ehmer, Vera Bacskai, Florence Bourillon, Pim Kooij.