Peasants, Serfs, And Servitude

Peasants, Serfs, And Servitude

Streaming Video - 2006
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During the Middle Ages, most of Europe's inhabitants were illiterate and lived in the shadow of the wealthy; knowledge of peasant culture is therefore limited. This program addresses the historical lack of firsthand written materials, viewing serfs and servants through the eyewitness accounts of a fictitious traveler. Although a peasant farmer's daily existence was indeed oppressive, defined by taxation and compulsory military service to the ruling noble, the program details innovations of the era-including the horse-drawn iron plough and the three-field planting system-amounting to an agricultural revolution that set the stage for a heavily populated, modern Europe. Portions are in other languages with English subtitles.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2004
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (53 min.) :,sd., col., digital file

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