Keith Wrightson

Earthly Necessities
  • Earthly Necessities

  • This important new book, widely praised in hardcover (Yale UP) redefines the economic history of early modern Britain for a new generation of readers. Wrightson writes evocatively about the basic institutions and relationships of economic life, tracing the process of change, and examining how these changes affected men, women and children at all social levels. Novel in its structure, scope, and emphasis on the lived experience of the period, the book vividly demonstrates the gains and costs of economic change.

Keith Wrightson was Professor of Social History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College. He is now Professor of History at Yale University. Among his publications is ENGLISH SOCIETY, 1580-1680.

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