The German Peasantry (Routledge Revivals): Conflict and Community in Rural Society from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries

1st Edition

Richard J. Evans, W. R. Lee

Routledge
Published May 17, 2016
Reference - 306 Pages
ISBN 9781138842793 - CAT# Y174553
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

This book, first published in 1986, surveys the history of rural society in Germany from the eighteenth century to the present day. The contributions include studies of Junker estates and small farming communities, serfs and landless labourers, maidservants and worker-peasants. They demonstrate the variety and complexity of the social division that structures the rural economy. Throughout the book there is an emphasis on the conflicts that divided rural society, and the ways and means in which these were expressed, whether in serf strikes in eighteenth-century Brandenburg, village gossip in early twentieth-century Hesse, or factional struggles over planning permission in present-day Swabia. The rural world emerges not as traditional, passive and undifferentiated , but as actively participating in its own making; not only responding to the changes going on around it, but exploiting them for its own purposes and influencing them in its own way. This book is ideal for students of history, particularly German history.

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