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The Peasantry of Europe

Making of Europe

By (author) Werner Rosener
Translated by Thomas M. Barker
Format: Hardback
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Oxford, United Kingdom
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 15th Sep 1994
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 24mm
Weight: 509g
ISBN-10: 0631175032
ISBN-13: 9780631175032
Barcode No: 9780631175032
This is a history of the peasant societies of Europe - and of the part they have played in European history - from their origins in the early Middle Ages to the present. Peasants formed a majority of people in Europe during the first half of the 20th century, and, as Werner Rosener shows in this account, they have long been - and still are - a key force in European history. The author's studies range throughout the continent, from England to Russia and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. He aims to show the diversity of peasant societies - some independent and affluent, others prosperous but enslaved, yet others free but impoverished. Proceeding chronologically with numerous thematic excursions, he examines the forms and evolution of peasant cultures and economies, considers their impact on society at large and describes the great peasant movements and uprisings that have taken place since the 14th century. He concludes with a discussion of the present condition of peasant societies and of the problems of decollectivization in the East and those caused by the Common Agricultural Policy in the West.

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