Publication
Title
'Le pays où on ne sait pas lire' : literacy, numeracy and human capital in the commercial hub of the Austrian Netherlands (1715-75)
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Abstract
Files of the local criminal court in Antwerp - the Hoogere Vierschaar - are used in this article to assess the evolution of literacy and numeracy in Antwerp. Both forms of human capital are habitually seen as strongly intertwined, yet our evidence shows that they were not always geared to one another. Literacy did not grow significantly in Antwerp during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, while it reached its high-water mark in other European towns. Faced by a severe economic crisis, the local government had to trim down free public education in Sunday schools, while private boarding schools (Duytsche scholen) saw their number of pupils fall abruptly as the recession impoverished a wide swath of society. Numeracy, however, followed a different course. Despite the economic crisis, people's age awareness took a huge leap forward in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries as basic arithmetic skills were bound to a more informal, everyday training. Moreover, this idea, that literacy and numeracy were not always geared to each other is buttressed by marked social and gender variations.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European history quarterly. - London, 1984, currens
Publication
London : 2014
ISSN
0265-6914 [print]
1461-7110 [online]
Volume/pages
44:2(2014), p. 223-243
ISI
000333813900002
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 03.07.2014
Last edited 16.06.2017
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