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The paradox of being poor, yet well fed and warm. Material welfare levels in the 17th and 18th century Southern Low Countries

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The Campine area in the Southern Low Countries has been considered as extremely poor. As a region dominated by commons and an absence of proletarianized labourers, typical indicators such as real wages and land ownership are irrelevant. In my research I move beyond GDP figures and real wages and study the total obtained material welfare levels. For this paper I will explain one particular paradox: the abundant availability of fuel and food in the average smallholder cottage.

This talk is part of the Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminars series.

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