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Peasants' War
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The term “Peasants’ War” or “Peasants’ Revolt” is used to denote a number of early modern events and phenomena. The repurposing of a planned crusade against the Turks as an uprising against the nobility in 1514 has entered history as the “Hungarian Peasants’ Revolt.” In the German-speaking world, revolts in Upper Austria (1626) and Bavaria (1705/6) are called peasants’ wars (German Bauernkrieg[19. 39 f.]. These were uprisings of territorial patriotism directed against a…

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Troßbach, Werner, “Peasants' War”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017371>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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