Papers Sought for Panel proposal: Economic Structures and Women’s Investments in the Low Countries and Around the World

Two scholars working on late medieval Europe are seeking additional papers for a panel proposal to the 2017 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. The panel engages debates about women's investments in the economies of the preindustrial world. In almost all these economies, there were patriarchal legal and social limitations on women’s inheritance rights, use of dowry and dower property, and access to education, apprenticeships, professions, and credit, supported by discourses. However, women with capital to invest sometimes negotiated around those limitations.


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