Hugo Soly

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Research interests

Comparative research on entrepreneurship, poverty and social policy, craft guilds, and perceptions of labour in pre-industrial Europe, in cooperation with Catharina Lis.

Current and past research projects

Personal: 'Bold Speculators in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp'.

Representative publications

  • Soly, H. "The Political Economy of European Craft Guilds: Power Relations and Economic Strategies of Merchants and Master Artisans in Early Modern Textile Industries." In: L. Lucassen, T. De Moor and J.L. Van Zanden (eds.) The Return of the Guilds, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 45-72. (International Review of Social History: Supplement 16).
  • De Munck, B., Kaplan, S., and Soly, H., (eds.) Learning on the Shop Floor. Historical Perspectives on Apprenticeship, New York & Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2007.
  • Lis, C., Lucassen, J., Prak, M., and Soly, H., (eds.) Craft Guilds in the Early Modern Low Countries: Work, Power and Representation, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2006. 
  • Soly, H. Worthy Efforts: Attitudes to Work and Workers in Pre-Industrial Europe, Leiden & Boston, Brill, 2012, 664. p.