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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Villagers and Lords in Eastern Europe, 1300-1800

ISBN 9780230004603
Publication Date October 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Studies in European History

Cerman revises the traditional view of 'serfdom' by providing an up-to-date survey of social and economic conditions in early modern Eastern Europe. Incorporating the latest research, Cerman identifies the role of villagers actively shaping rural societies and reassesses their legal, social and economic status, as well as rural power relations.

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.

List of Tables
Note on References
Series Editors' Preface
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


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