Rolnictvo na pozdně středověkém Chebsku
Sociální mobilita, migrace a procesy pustnutí
[Peasantry in the Cheb Region in the Late Middle Ages]
e-book, 1. edition
published: july 2020
e-book formats PDF
recommended price: 410 czk
Medieval peasantry represents a particularly attractive unknown for historians as it is crucial for understanding the later economic growth, or on the other hand, the surprising stagnation of some European regions. What knowledge we do have on the social structures and institutions of medieval peasantry is incomplete and only in rough outlines. We however know almost nothing about the real inner dynamics and demographic aspects. This monograph answers this challenge, taking advantage of the hitherto unnoticed, and unique in the European context, preserved written sources about the Cheb city state. It is thanks to them that the book can present a remarkably detailed view of social mobility, migration and the method of social reproduction of peasantry in the late Middle Ages, including new perspectives of the phenomenon of the disintegration of country settlements in that period.