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The Glassworkers of Carmaux

The Glassworkers of Carmaux

French Craftsmen and Political Action in a Nineteenth-Century City

Joan Wallach Scott

ISBN 9780674354418

Publication date: 10/15/1980

This award-winning study analyzes in close detail the experiences of glassworkers as mechanization transformed their trade from a highly skilled art to a semiskilled occupation. Arguing that changes in the organization of work altered the lifestyle and political outlook of the glassworker, Joan Scott uses local archival materials and demographic records to reconstruct the experience of ordinary workingmen.


  • A model for urban history studies. Utilizing the current techniques of quantitative measurements but without sacrificing any of the time-tested tools of the profession, [Scott] has traced the impact of industrialization and the development of class-consciousness among the French artisan glassworkers in the late 19th century… An absorbing story.

    —Frank Fox, History


  • Joan Wallach Scott is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and winner of the Herbert Baxter Adams and the Joan Kelly prizes of the American Historical Association.

Book Details

  • 256 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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