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Peasants, Liberation of
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[German Version]

I. General

Peasant liberation is a collective term for a variety of measures taken between 1777 and 1817 to break up the traditional lifelong bonds of seigniory and serfdom; they gave the peasants personal freedom, eliminating socage and domestic service, abolishing the hereditary subserviency that tied the peasant to the land and transforming a portion of the estate cultivated under feudal tenancy into the private property of the peasants. At the same time, th…

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Schneider, Johann, “Peasants, Liberation of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_01578>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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