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By S. A. Eddie

ISBN-10: 0199662754

ISBN-13: 9780199662753

it is often claimed that serfs have been oppressed and unfree, yet is that this assumption precise? Freedom's cost, development on a brand new interpreting of archival fabric, makes an attempt a primary re-appraisal of the continued orthodoxy 'serf' economic climate embodied peasant exploitation. It finds that, actually, Prussian 'subject' peasants fared far better than their 'free' neighbours; that they had mutual rights and tasks with nobles and the state.

In this quantity, Sean Eddie seeks to set up the genuine 'price of freedom' paid via the peasants either within the so-called moment Serfdom round 1650 and within the enfranchisement of 1807-21. faraway from representing additional exploitation, the peasants drove a troublesome cut price, and lots of nobles therefore fared worse than their tenants; subjection was once abolished and land possession used to be transferred from noble to peasant. Capital used to be as a result on the centre of the pre-capitalist economic system, and the becoming economic
polarization of society owed extra to the peasants' entry to capital than to noble exploitation. by means of finding Prussian serfdom and reforms in a pan-European context, and inside of debates concerning the nature of monetary improvement, feudalism, and capitalism, Freedom's rate objectives a much broader viewers of early
modern and sleek ecu historians, financial historians, and normal readers.

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