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'Terugkeer van het patriarchaat? Vrije vrouwen in de Republiek'

Schmidt, A. and Heijden van der, M.P.C. and Nederveen Meerkerk van, E. (2009) 'Terugkeer van het patriarchaat? Vrije vrouwen in de Republiek'. Tijdschrift voor sociale en economische geschiedenis , 6, 26-52. ISSN 1572-1701.

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A return to patriarchy? Independent women in the Dutch Republic In this article, we aim to show that – in contrast to what some recent historical studies suppose – there was no ‘return to patriarchy’ in the early modern Northern Netherlands. Instead, the freedom and possibilities of Dutch women increased remarkably in the sixteenth through eigtheenth century, with regard to their position in marriage and marital law, their legal status in general, and their activities in the labour market and in the financial market. Although the Protestant values and church law may in theory have been less favourable to women, we argue that exactly the less restrictive legal practice was decisive in creating social and economic opportunities for women, who could profit from and contribute to Dutch early capitalist institutions.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Intern. Instituut v. Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG)
ID Code:7219
Deposited On:08 Dec 2009 01:00
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