Part or chapter of a book
Surviving the End of the Guilds. Apprenticeship in eighteenth and nineteenth-century France
Apprenticeship in Early Modern Europe
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
282 - 308 p.
apprenticeship, guilds, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, apprentissage, corporations, XIXe siècle, XVIIIe siècle
Apprenticeship was available in France within the context of guilds, but was also offered by individuals and institutions outside that context. Whether guilds were involved or not, French apprenticeships were always arranged under notarial contracts. This created a double structure of oversight: corporate and legal. All apprenticeship arrangements in France, however, took their cues from the guild framework. This explains why, after the abolition of the guilds during the French Revolution, the apprenticeship model in France continued more or less as it had done in the eighteenth century, despite the absence of the former institutional effect or certification. Girls, however, gained new training opportunities in the nineteenth century. For boys, the number of incomplete apprenticeships, already high before 1800, further increased after that date. Throughout the period, social skills were as important in the apprentice’s education as economic skills.