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Riod The period of the 1750s can be best described as the pre industrial era a period in which the economies of the majority of western Europeans consisted mainly on the household This household mode of organization was predominately evident in farms in artisans workshops and in small merchants shops As the time passed there was an obvious shift from the cottage and textile industry of the 1750s to the establishments of factories and machinery of the mid Eighteen hundreds This transformation brought about significant changes in the relationships between the employers and the workers working conditions family life and most of all the standards of living In the pre industrial era the father usually was the employer who often had children and servants who helped and assisted him Most of the time the relationships between these two parties have been relatively friendly and not as strict in the factories Also in the cottage industry the household was the basic unit of production and consumption Due to this there was a very strong bond between parents and children one aspect that is not seen in 1850s In pre industrial Europe many workers had concentrated their production toward the household The households were small usually consisting of not more than five or six members Also families were nuclear in which households usually never had more than two generations living in the same roof Everyone in the household was involved and worked All goods and income that was produced went to the benefit of the household rather than the individual The eldest child was usually trained in the trade of his father After he had learned this he would start his own enterprise or often accompany his father The wives would also play a major role in the family economy The wife would most likely help with the husband business and take care of the bare necessities Thus because of this unity and cooperation between
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