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2009 | 107 | 1 | 46-94
Article title

Vesnická obec a tzv. „druhé nevolnictví“ v raně novověkých Čechách

Title variants
EN
COMMUNITIES AND THE 'SECOND SERFDOM' IN EARLY MODERN BOHEMIA
Languages of publication
CS
Abstracts
EN
This article explores the role played by the village community in the so-called 'second serfdom', using a database of manorial court records, serf petitions, and other micro-level documents for the Bohemian estate of Frydlant between 1583 and 1692. It casts doubt on 'manorial dominance' theories which assume that the 'second serfdom' succeeded because manors were all-powerful and communes supine. But it also questions 'communal autonomy' theories, according to which villagers were largely unconstrained by manorial regulations and serfdom did not actually matter. Instead, the Frydlant evidence supports a theory of communal-manorial 'dualism', whereby serfdom required both strong manorial institutions and strong communal institutions. The Frydland findings vividly illustrate the dark side of both manorial regulation and communal 'social capital', showing how overlords and village oligarchies systematically colluded to coerce weaker villagers.
Discipline
Year
Volume
107
Issue
1
Pages
46-94
Physical description
Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • Sheilagh C. Ogilvie, Faculty of Economics University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DD, United Kingdom
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
09CZAAAA06049
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.8eb300ea-0f35-31aa-8fd7-aa03cfee1367
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