The Economy of Makeshifts

The phrase, "the economy of makeshifts," is historian Olwen Hufton's. She employed it in The Poor of Eighteenth Century France 1750-1789 (1974) to describe the survival strategies of the poor in France before the Revolution. The phrase, as adopted by historians of England, shifted in its application to that country's working poor.  As I work… Continue reading The Economy of Makeshifts

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