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Building Early Modern EdinburghA Social History of Craftwork and Incorporation$
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Aaron Allen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474442381

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442381.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Incorporation and the Corporate Framework

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(p.1) Introduction
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Building Early Modern Edinburgh
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Aaron Allen

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442381.003.0001

The introduction explores the context in which the Incorporation of Mary’s Chapel developed. The phenomenon of the craft guild is an important part of the Europe’s urban social structure, from the largest capital city, to many of the smaller aspiring towns. Whether composite, with numerous trades, or granted to a single occupation, the feudalistic structures of urban work often favoured this protectionist institution, though corporate privileges and exclusivity were far from uniform, and always contested. In this chapter, a brief narrative of the Incorporation’s history sets the scene for the later chapters, followed by an account of how historians have viewed the process of incorporating Edinburgh’s building trades, from the eighteenth century to present day, demonstrating the need for a full study of such an important urban institution.

Keywords:   Corporatism, Guilds, Composite Corporatism, Burgess, Incorporated Trade

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