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The Peasants of Ottobeuren, 1487-1726: A Rural Society in Early Modern Europe - Past and Present Publications (Paperback)
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The Peasants of Ottobeuren, 1487-1726: A Rural Society in Early Modern Europe - Past and Present Publications (Paperback)

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The Peasants of Ottobeuren offers an interesting perspective on one of the enduring problems of early modern European history: the possibilities for economic growth and social change in rural society. Based on the voluminous records of the Swabian Benedictine monastery of Ottobeuren, this study underscores the limitations of the traditional narrative of a sixteenth-century boom which foundered on the productive rigidities of the peasant economy and then degenerated into social crisis in the seventeenth century. Population growth did strain resources at Ottobeuren, but the peasantry continued to produce substantial agricultural surplus. More importantly, peasants reacted to demographic pressure by deepening their involvement in land and credit markets, and more widely and aggressively marketing the fruits of their labour. Marriage and inheritance underwent a similar process of commercialization which made heavy demands on the peasantry, but which maintained a degree of social stability through the devastations of war, plague and famine.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521044585
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Govind Sreenivasan's excellent new book is a major contribution to both the literature on peasants in European society and to Early Modern German History in general.' Sehepunkte
'... achieves the rare feat of spanning the period from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century. The book is likely to be influential.' The Agricultural History Review
'... enormously rich and detailed ... an incisive and compelling analysis of the rapidly increasing commercialization of the rural economy in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.' German History
"Sreenivasan's sophisticated book emerged from many years of labor. Replete with staistics (almost numbingly so), it gains life from compellingly told stories of individuals and families participating in markets, shaping the early modern world in a far more direct way than most scholars of early modern Europe have ever imagined."Renaissance Quarterly W. David Myers, Fordham University
"This is a historiographical bouillabaisse with many ingredients...it provides a rich interpretive broth with many a good empirical tidbit...[Sreenivasan] has presented a centuries-encompassing synthesis that reveals a larger picture previously unseen." William W. Hagen, Journal of Modern History

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