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Crafts and trades
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1. Concepts and definitions

“Craft” denotes skilled manufacture (Latin opus manu factum), “trade” in this sense an occupation of exercising such a craft. The German Handwerk historically combines the sense of both. Grimm's Deutsches Wörterbuch defines Handwerk (Latin opificium or ars manuaria) as “work of the hands,…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Crafts and trades”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020654>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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