What happened  in the North? Servants and rural  workers in  Norway

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Monica Miscali


The aim of this article is to investigate the situation of the rural servants in Norway from the preindustrial period, the rural Norway, to industrialisation in the middle of XIX century. I will summarise the research that has been carried out in Norway. In particular I will describe the evolution of the servant’s role and tasks, underlining the transformations and passages from an agrarian society to an industrial one and the importance of the service activities from a demographic prospective. Furthermore I will describe the gender roles, the sex-ratio, the differences between male and female servants and the differences in the treatment they received. I will contextualise the case of Norway and see if there were similitudes or differences in accordance with what happened in the rest of the Europe.


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Miscali, M. (2017). What happened  in the North? Servants and rural  workers in  Norway. Mundo Agrario, 18(39), e064. https://doi.org/10.24215/15155994e064
Dossier: El trabajo doméstico y sirviente en la Europa rural (SS. XVI-XIX). Diversidad de modelos regionales y formas de dependencia
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Monica Miscali, University of Oslo

Dr Monica Miscali works as an associate professor at the University of Oslo (Department of Literature, Areas studies and European Languages). She completed her PhD in history at the European University Institute in Florence in 2001. Since then she has been affiliated to a number of universities (University of Geneva, University of Bath, University of Stavanger and University of Oslo).


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