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Liv och arbete vid Torsby bruk 1850-70 - räkenskaperna berättar
2003 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

A very great number of people were, in one way or another, affected by the ironworks of Torsby. It can`t be denied that it was a significant employer, though most of the jobs that it created were poorly paid day work. The only sizeable group of skilled labourers who worked there were the smiths. The smiths had a special position because of the social system which was build up around them; in spite of that, their living conditions could vary greatly. At the end of the investigated period, 1850 – 1870, most of them were indebted to their employer, which must have entailed a considerable loss of independence and an increase in arbitrary treatment by the owner. The same can also be said about the crofters, the charcoal-burners and many others. The foundry must have played a positive part in the development of the district, since it resulted in extensive building and land reclamation . It did not only assume responsibility for the smiths, but also supported the poor. The support might seem limited by our standards, but considering that it came from a private enterprise of that time it was remarkably extensive. The upper class that was thereby established shows, on the other hand, how much profit was made at the expense of the workers. Through my investigations I have found out that the ironworks were both a motor of development and caused great debt; it was both benefactor and exploiter. Which factor weighed greatest is difficult to tell, but it is quite clear that it left its mark on the district during the time of its existence, and that it created the village that lays there today.

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2003. , 43 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-49814Local ID: HIS C-19COAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-49814DiVA: diva2:1099441
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History
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