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Settler migration, European
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Mobility among agrarian population groups in Western Europe was already increasing considerably between the 11th and 13th centuries, and the process took two forms. Growing agricultural productivity led to the establishment of a wave of new towns and rapid population increase in existing ones (Urbanization; Urban migration). This growth depended mostly on inward migration by former inhabitants of villages hoping for more personal freedom and relief from feudal obligations (especially duties and services; Socage; Services, peasant) in the city. At the same time, h…

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Lucassen, Jan and Lucassen, Leo, “Settler migration, European”, 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 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_027502>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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