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Peasants’ War
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[German Version]

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The Peasants’ War began in the summer of 1524 between Basel and Lake Constance as peasants formed a paramilitary mob reacting to harassing demands by the authorities. It spread to Upper Swabia, then rapidly broadened because of the “Twelve Articles of the Upper Swabian Peasants,” written in March 1525 and running to 28 printings in two months. It was accompanied…

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Blickle, Peter, “Peasants’ War”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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