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Macmillan Higher Education

Villagers and Lords in Eastern Europe, 1300-1800

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Palgrave

Pages: 176
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Studies in European History

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02 October 2012

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03 September 2012

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This new study provides an up-to-date survey of social and economic developments in early modern Eastern European rural societies. Markus Cerman revises the traditional images of mighty lords and poor, powerless 'serf...

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This new study provides an up-to-date survey of social and economic developments in early modern Eastern European rural societies. Markus Cerman revises the traditional images of mighty lords and poor, powerless 'serf peasants', discussing the theories which led to the assumption that serfdom existed throughout the region.

Cerman contrasts the interpretation of a long-term backwardness with a fresh view of the legal, social and economic status of villagers, their living standards and their role in actively shaping rural communities. Featuring helpful tables, a glossary and a comprehensive bibliography, this is a stimulating reassessment for anyone studying this period and often neglected topic in European history.

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Offers new insights and a fresh theoretical basis for future analysis of rural society in the early modern period
Examines and reassesses established theories and myths of European economic development
Synthesizes past and present research on the subject, some of which isn't available in English
Features helpful illustrative tables, a glossary and uptodate bibliography to aid study

List of Tables
Note on References
Series Editors'
Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Map
Understanding 'Demesne Lordship'
The Myth of a 'Second Serfdom'
Explaining the Rise of Demesne Lordship and of the Demesne Economy
A Characterization of the Economic System
A General Backwardness?
Towards a New Assessment
Bibliography
Index.

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MARKUS CERMAN is Associate Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna, Austria. His previous publications include studies on European proto-industrialization and the development of the agrarian institutions in late medieval and early modern Europe in a comparative perspective.

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MARKUS CERMAN is Associate Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna, Austria. His previous publications include studies on European proto-industrialization and the development of the agrarian institutions in late medieval and early modern Europe in a comparative perspective.

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