This book, first published in 1976, re-examines many aspects of the German Peasant War of 1525, important as the first national peasant revolt in Germany and because of the influence of Engels’ work on the subject. With one contributor noting the similarities between the organisation, demands and action of the Swabian peasants and those of the Zapatas of Mexico four centuries later, these essays provide remarkable insights and analyses into the enduring importance of the German Peasant War.
Table of Contents
1. From Resistance to Revolt: The Late Medieval Peasant Wars in the Context of Social Crisis František Graus 2. The Peasants of Swabia, 1525 Henry J. Cohn 3. Images of the Peasant, 1514-1525 R.W. Scribner 4. Precursors of the Peasant War: Bundschuh and Armer Konrad – Movements at the Eve of the Reformation Adolf Laube 5. ‘Old Law’ and ‘Divine Law’ in the German Peasant War Heide Wunder 6. The Economic, Social and Political Background of the Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants of 1525 Peter Blickle 7. German Agrarian Institutions at the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century: Upper Swabia as an Example David Sabean 8. ‘The Peasant War in Germany’ by Friedrich Engels – 125 Years Later Janos Bak, Rainer Wolfeil, Ernst Engelberg, Günter Vogler, Edward Friedman, Kurt Greussing and Hans G. Kippenberg