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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521834708

ISBN-13: 9780521834704

Pub. Date: 03/31/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Focusing on the lands of the Benedictine monastery of Ottobeuren and based on a mass of archival data, this study presents a detailed reconstruction of peasant society in early modern Germany. It argues that the German rural economy performed much better than has previously been believed. The Ottobeuren peasantry generated large agricultural surpluses, became

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Overview

Focusing on the lands of the Benedictine monastery of Ottobeuren and based on a mass of archival data, this study presents a detailed reconstruction of peasant society in early modern Germany. It argues that the German rural economy performed much better than has previously been believed. The Ottobeuren peasantry generated large agricultural surpluses, became progressively more active in land and credit markets, and traded in ever wider circuits of commerce. Their peasant society is shown therefore to have been stable economically, and surprisingly resilient to war, plague and famine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521834704
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2004
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(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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