Manorial economy and corvee labour in southern Sweden 1650-1850

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This essay is an inquiry into manorial production in Scania. Its growth was dependent on the long-term development of European grain prices. When prices increased landlords were encouraged to put more land under the plough. The estates' main income came, to an increasing extent, from demesne production, which finally dominated the income profile. The peasants' most important contribution to the landlords became, in most cases, their corvee labour, and their uncertain tenure rights were illustrated with great clarity in the continuing evictions, which were accelerated in the nineteenth century with the aim of expanding the demesne.

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  • Economic History
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-497
JournalEconomic History Review
Volume59
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes