After reading chapter 9 of Wiesner’s Discovering the Western Past, please address the questions below in an essay of at least 600 words (approximately 2 double-spaced pages). Your submission needs to be in a Word-compatible document (.doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf), don’t submit a PDF and don’t type your essay in the submission box.
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What were the key goals of governments, merchant-capitalists, and artisan-laborers regarding the production and sale of cloth? What actions did they take to achieve these goals? How did they account for their competing interests? ie: Sometimes the governments allied with the merchants and sometimes with the artisans, why?
What economic and social conflicts developed as the cloth trade grew and changed?