By Ann Kussmaul
Servants in husbandry have been single farm staff employed on annual contracts. The establishment of provider uncommon them in lots of methods from their leader opponents, day-labourers. Servants have been hired on an annual foundation; they shaped a part of their employers' families; they have been normally younger and single. carrier was once super universal - so much rural youths in early sleek England grew to become servants to farmers, they usually composed up to 1/2 the full-time employed labour strength in agriculture. Professor Kussmaul has marshalled details from assets as diversified as marriage registers, defense force lists, parish censuses, cost examinations, account books, documents of zone classes, and the autobiographies of servants and masters, in generating this publication which explores this crucial establishment and to contemplate its large historiographical implications.
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41 It was not common where joint families were the desired family structure, as in southern and eastern Europe, nor where formal systems of redistribution of land existed. 42 It was instead common over much of northern and western Europe in early modern times, wherever nuclear or stem families predominated. 44 Service in husbandry was an institution imbedded in a particular Incidence and understanding 27 environment. Nurtured by that environment, it also affected it. That farm servants married late, and could save, supported the demand for small farms and checked the growth of supply of their competitors in the labour force, propertyless adults.
5 1 . 2 1 . 07: these were the lowest and second lowest county ratios in all of England. 48. 4. 8 Servants and labourers per farmer (male and female), by county, 1 85 1 . 5. 'high' counties 1851 Servants relative to all hired workers in agriculture, early modern and 1 85 1 . 22 Servants and labourers Figure 2 . 1 on the basis of whether the county in which the parish was located scored above or below the county median of 0. 5 results. 48 or more; the ratio in parishes located in counties which were to show a low incidence of service in 1851 range greatly.
Farm service could have existed in the absence of money, markets in commodities, and differences in the sizes of holdings. The only formal requirements would have been the desire of families to maintain constant average levels of consumption and effort, and holdings just large enough that the marginal contribution of a servant's labour was m Incidence and understanding 25 equal to the marginal cost of maintaining the servant. Cost and product could both have consisted of real goods rather tnan money.
Servants in Husbandry in Early Modern England by Ann Kussmaul