The Peasants of Ottobeuren, 1487-1726: A Rural Society in Early Modern Europe

The Peasants of Ottobeuren, 1487-1726: A Rural Society in Early Modern Europe

by Govind P. Sreenivasan
     
 

Sreenivasan (history, Brandeis U.) takes on early modern social transition by questioning scholars' enthusiasm for the Malthusian approach, which they have sustained despite evidence that something went seriously wrong with the economy of early modern Europe in the sixteenth century quite apart from population pressures and issues of technology. By carefully moving… See more details below

Overview

Sreenivasan (history, Brandeis U.) takes on early modern social transition by questioning scholars' enthusiasm for the Malthusian approach, which they have sustained despite evidence that something went seriously wrong with the economy of early modern Europe in the sixteenth century quite apart from population pressures and issues of technology. By carefully moving through the records of the Swabian Benedictine monastery of Ottobeuren, Sreenivasan shows that the situation was much more sophisticated than previously thought, that peasants consistently produced a surplus of food and were thereby able to seek social and economic flexibility, including creating their own alliances through marriage and land markets, a situation which created tensions resulting in the crises of the seventeenth century. Sreenivasan includes a large number of facsimiles of the fascinating original documents. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521044585
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of maps; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Note on weights, measures and currencies; Introduction; 1. Right and might (c. 1480–c. 1560); 2. The discrete society (c. 1480–c. 1560); 3. A crisis of numbers? (c. 1560–c. 1630); 4. Integrity and the market (c. 1560–c. 1630); 5. Living on borrowed time (c. 1560–c. 1630); 6. To empty and to refill (c. 1630–c. 1720); Conclusion; Bibliography; Index of places; General index.

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