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In October 1665 the French Minister of Finance to Louis XIV attracted some Venetian glassworkers to Paris to set up the Manufacture Royale des Glaces de Miroirs, which aimed to produce mirrors on a... [Item of the Day]
In the professions of druggist, pharmacist, and perfumer, medieval Jews were represented out of all proportion to their number. These were the most popular occupations among them. Consequently,... [Item of the Day]
Elias Howe, a mechanic born in 1819, patented the first American sewing machine in 1846. Initially Howe's machine did not sell very well. His competitor Isaac Singer and others invented mayor... [Item of the Day]
On October 20, 1930, the Central Committee of the CPSU officially announced 'the full liquidation of unemployment in the Soviet Union'. Because of the First Five Year's Plan's reliance on rapid... [Item of the Day]
In the 1980s, official unions, employers and politicians regarded pay rises as potentially dangerous for the Dutch economy. On 24 November 1982, the unions (FNV and CNV) and the employers'... [Item of the Day]
On 6 July 1964, Nyasaland gained independence and renamed itself Malawi. In an IRSH article (55,2010, part 3), Erik Green deals with postcolonial African peasant agriculture, cash crop production and... [Item of the Day]
Currency patterns may tell us something about the spread of wage payments and wage labour in specific societies in history. Extension in the circulation of medium- and small-denomination coins... [Item of the Day]
The Kashnor collection at the IISH is named after the London book antiquarians who sold their collection to the Institute in 1937. It contains thousands of pamphlets, brochures, and books on British... [Item of the Day]
Since 1593 June 24 has been the traditional start of the Dutch herring fishing season. This was because the life cycle of the herring had reached its best quality halfway through the year.... [Item of the Day]
In the past, as today, the government always needed money. One of the ways to save was to call for public contracts to perform major projects. The project was granted to the lowest bidder. Thus it... [Item of the Day]