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Services, peasant
(1,700 words)

1. Definition

Peasant services is an umbrella term for all the legally grounded levies on the economic activity of members of rural society prior to the 19th-century agrarian reforms, based on seignorial dependence or affiliation with a particular state, commune, or church. The multiplicity of its forms and beneficiaries, especially in the first centuries of the early modern period, often rules out any precise definition of ori…

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Mahlerwein, Gunter, “Services, peasant”, 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 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023328>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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