Ordinary Prussians by William W. Hagen
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Ordinary Prussians
By William W. Hagen

Ordinary Prussians

Brandenburg Junkers and Villagers, 1500-1840

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Ordinary Prussians by William W. Hagen

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  • Winner of Hans Rosenberg Book Prize 2004.

Book Description

This book gives voice, in unusual depth and immediacy, to ordinary villagers and landlords (Junkers) in the Prussian-German countryside, from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The trials and fortunes of everyday life come into view - in the family, the workplace, in the private lives of both men and women, in courtroom and jailhouse, and under the gaze of the rising Prussian monarchy's officials and army officers. What emerges is a many-dimensioned, long-term study of a rural society, inviting comparisons on a world-historical level. The book also puts to a test the possibilities of empirical historical knowledge at the microhistorical or 'grass-roots' level. But it also reconceptualizes, on the scale of Prussian-German and European history, the rise of agrarian capitalism, challenging views widespread in the economic history literature on the common people's working standards, and including massive documentation on women's condition, rights and social roles.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521815581
ISBN-10: 0521815584
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 38mm)
Pages: 712
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William W. Hagen

William W. Hagen was born in 1942, and has taught at UC Davis since 1970. He is the author of Germans, Poles, and Jews: The Nationality Conflict in the Prussian East, 1772-1914 (Chicago, 1980). Ordinary Prussians is the culmination of his research over the past two decades, including two years in the Prussian State archive.

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