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Rural inheritance practice
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1. Definition

The phrase rural inheritance practice refers to the way peasant property was passed on (Possession [law]). It covers both succession in management of the farm and distribution of assets – money, personal property, real property, and entitlements – to the legal heirs. It can be assigned to several superordinate categories and can therefore be viewed from very different social-scientific perspectives as well as under the aspect of inheritance law.


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Fertig, Georg, “Rural inheritance practice”, 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 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018852>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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