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The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia by Paul Freedman

By Paul Freedman

This 1991 e-book describes the background of peasants in Catalonia, the wealthiest and politically dominant a part of the medieval nation of Aragon, among the 9th and 15th centuries. It makes a speciality of the interval from a thousand to 1300, whilst loose peasants who had held estate less than beneficial frontier stipulations have been gradually subjugated by means of their lords. among 1462 and 1486 Catalan peasants fastened the main profitable peasants' struggle of the center a long time, and completed the formal abolition of servitude. Professor Freedman seeks to provide an explanation for either the method wherein servitude was once reinforced over the centuries, and its eventual weakening sooner than an instantaneous ethical and armed forces problem. He addresses either the reasons of enserfment and the constraints on its effectiveness. The ebook integrates archival proof with the theories of society elaborated by way of medieval jurists. Comparisons are drawn among Catalonia and different areas, and its event is positioned inside a spectrum of alternative social and fiscal stipulations.

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Ojibwe understandings of who these newcomers were and what relations existed between them could hardly have been more at variance. No more so than nineteenth-century Euro-Americans did the Ojibwe think in terms of human cultural systems, each with its own values and common historical experiences, each formulated in a specific material and intellectual circumstance. Rather, the Ojibwe assessed the missionaries as they assessed all outsiders-according to their own cultural standards and expectations.

The interests of allies were bound together in a mutual commitment to the group and, through the group, to individual survival. If the missionaries acted in ways that the Ojibwe could interpret as expressing their willingness to participate in the broader Ojibwe-American alliance, then they would be accepted. If, on the other hand, the missionariles rejected the principles upon which alliances had to be built, the Ojibwe would be forced to regard them as enemies. Like the missionaries, the Ojibwe recognized a universal human nature, grounded in moral principles, which would respond predictably and which they expected would transcend differences in cultural and racial background.

He recounted a harrowing night he spent at Leech Lake in the 1820s "with my cutlass in my girdle, my gun in my hand, and my sword half unsheathed at my side" while the villagers reveled. "The hell of Virgil, and of Dante ... are only faint sketches in comparison with that full display of terror and death," the shaken traveler concluded. Beltrami noted that in the 1820s it was still "the usual practice" of the Leech Lake women to act as village monitors while the men drank. But by the 1830s and certainly by the 1840s, this practice had become far from usual.

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