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“Richard Grassby has certainly enhanced our understanding of the family’s contribution by means of his tireless accumulation, organization and analysis of a prodigious mountain of evidence.… This immensely ambitious book compels respect, even awe. All its readers will learn a great deal from it; many will wish they could have learnt more.”—The English Historical Review

“…a well researched, significant and trenchant study.”—History

“The book puts together an impressive amount of evidence... This is undoubtedly a significant contribution.”—History of Economic Ideas

“…a valuable resource and an excellent work of reference of the well-to-do business family in the pre-industrial period.”—Business History

Chapter List

Introduction: Models and Myths

Part I. Marriage
1. Making a Match
2. Husbands and Wives
3. Widowers and Widows

Part II. The Business Family
4. Parents and Children
5. Adulthood and Old Age
6. Kin and Community

Part III. The Family Business
7. Men in Business
8. Women in Business
9. Inheritance and Advancement

Conclusion: Capitalism and the Life Cycle

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