The European Linen Industry in Historical Perspective

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-02-26
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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A wide-ranging set of original essays by leading researchers in the history of textiles, this book includes papers on Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, Germany, and north America as well as an overview of European linen production and consumption since the Middle Ages. It draws on a variety of sources including documents, images, archaeological findings, and artefactual evidence from material culture and contains a comprehensive glossary and select bibliography.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii
List of Figures xv
List of Tables xvi
List of Contributors xvii
List of Abbreviations xviii
Glossary xix
Map of Europe xxvi
1. The European Linen Industry since the Middle Ages
Brenda Collins and Philip Ollerenshaw
2. An Elusive Cloth: Aspects of the Archaeology of Linen in Northern Europe in the Medieval and Post-medieval Periods
Elizabeth Wincott Heckett
3. Linen Damask Production: Technology Transfer and Design, 1580-1760
David Mitchell
4. Overseeing the Foundation of the Irish Linen Industry: The Rise and Fall of the Crommelin Legend
Brian Mackey
5. Transatlantic Textiles: European Linens in the Cloth Culture of Colonial North America
Robert DuPlessis
6. Flax Seed, Fibre, and Cloth: Pennsylvania's Domestic Linen Manufacture and its Irish Connections, 1700-1830
Adrienne D. Hood
7. The Irish, Scottish, and Flemish Linen Industries during the Long Eighteenth Century
Jane Gray
8. Transforming Consumer Custom: Linens, Cottons and the English Market, 1660-1800
Beverly Lemire
9. When Linen Provided for All: Wealthy Flax-Growing Farmers and Poor Female Scutchers in Early Nineteenth-Century Sweden
Inger Jonsson
10. Government Policy and the Scottish Linen Industry before c.1840 229(16)
Alastair J. Durfe
11. The Birth and Death of European Flax, Hemp and Jute Spinning firms: the Irish and Belgian Cases 245(14)
Peter M. Solar
12. The Rise and Fall of the German Linen Industry in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 259(26)
Karl Ditt
13. Stagnation, War, and Depression: The UK Linen Industry 1900-1930 285(24)
Philip Ollerenshaw
Select Bibliography 309(10)
Index of Names of Firms and People 319(3)
Index of Place Names 322(5)
Index of Subjects 327

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