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GUILD. A fraternity or company. Guild hall, the place of meeting of guilds. Beame's, Glanville, 108 (n).

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Ashbee was convinced that social change and social betterment for the working-class could come through experimentation with craft co-operatives, based on the medieval English guild system. The production of handcrafted goods, co-operatively produced, would re-establish a community of workers, as an antidote to the impersonalization of urbanization and industrialization.
The essays of the volume can be divided into three groups: the thirteenth century, characterized by a reception of new intellectual material, i.e., scientific, philosophical and medical texts translated since the twelfth century from Arabic and from Greek; the other main feature of the century was the formation of new academic institutions, modeled somewhat on the medieval guild system, viz., universities (the most general called Studia Generalia).
We have all seen how industrial mechanization has changed medieval guild system forever.
In short, the competitive model would substitute meaningful professional development for what is essentially a guild system funded by levying a significant tuition-based tax on aspiring teachers before permitting them to enter the profession.
The aggregate number of identified members of the guild system of Jerusalem in any year of the period under review in this book is roughly 900.
Once, there was a guild system in America that had integrity, dating back to the 18th century.
Reformers such as Morris, John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle called for a return to what they imagined were the spiritual values of the Medieval guild system.
The origins of apprenticeship in Britain go back to the guild system and artisanal trades such as building and printing By the late nineteenth century, apprenticeship had spread to the newer metalworking industries and to new trades such as electrical work.