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  • The Peasants of Classical Greece

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    It is important to define what a peasant is in the sense of the peasant farmers of Classical Greece. Peasant is often used as an unflattering term, in which the person is somehow weaker, and less efficient. However, most of Classical Greece was among the peasantry. Peasantry denoted the rights they had, which set them above slaves, and far beneath the upper echelons of society (Croix, 1981: 110). In the terms of Greek society, the peasantry consisted of agricultural labourers (Croix, 1981: 110).

  • The Rise and Fall of a Peasant

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    The Rise and Fall of a Peasant The film Scarface, produced by Martin Bregman, written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian DePalma, is a story of an immigrant’s life. The main character, Antonio Montana, who is played by Al Pacino, comes to the United States from Cuba in May 1980 as a political prisoner. Montana arrives in Miami, Florida with nothing and has to find a way to survive. As an alien to the country, Montana can not find a honest job that pays enough money for him to live off

  • Hungarian Peasant and Folk Music

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    Hungarian Peasant and Folk Music I. General confusion about Hungarian folk music. Gypsy music Peasant music - the real Hungarian folk music - is not Gypsy music. Peasant music certainly had influence on the songs and playing of gypsies who lived in Hungary and performed in ensembles, though. Gypsy music used to be the basis of all generalizations about Hungarian music. It was Ferenc Liszt's monumental error to state that Gypsy music is the creation of gypsies. The so called 'gypsy scale' points

  • Reasons for the Peasant´s Revolt

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    the nobles had won the land from the peasants but stereotypically upper classes have had the land in their family for generations. The trade among the people was unfair to the farmhands. The farmhands fashioned the land and “they were supposed to be brothers with one another” (#8) they should have the right to property and not have to just work it for the lords. On the contrary the upper class “purchased this right for a considerable sum of money… [if the peasants want to be released from their duties

  • Luther and the Peasants Revolt

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    the affect of suppressing peasants. Through dictating proper beliefs and a sort of uniform, elite culture that a good Christian should strive to fulfill, peasant culture was increasingly marginalized, deemed inferior to the ruling nobility and even subsequently disregarded in modern hindsight; this perceived inferiority contributed to the nobility’s exploitation of peasants. As the paramount representative of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther appealed to peasants through his repudiation of

  • German Peasant Revolts of 1524-1526

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    In late 1524, German peasants believed that they were being mistreated and, therefore, created a revolt against the government. To this, the government responded in violence by killing over 100,000 rebels. These German peasant revolts were mainly caused by economic issues and the widespread belief and misuse of the Lutheran ideology. In response to this revolt, some key figures acted cooperative, while others acted in a violent and non-sympathetic manner. One of the reasons the serfs led an uprise

  • Domestic Life of Peasants in the Middle Ages

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    Domestic Life of Peasants in the Middle Ages Many different classes of people existed in the Middle Ages. Each class had a certain and very different way of life than the other. Peasants in the Middle Ages had extremely difficult lives. Domestic life for the peasants during the Middle Ages was endured with many hardships and sacrifices, but in the end they were just everyday citizens doing what they had to in order to survive. In the Middle Ages, three distinctive kinds of peasants existed: the serfs

  • Peasant Lifestyle In Davis´ The Return of Martin Guerre

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    The Return of Martin Guerre, written by Natalie Zemon Davis, is the tale of a court case that takes place in sixteenth century France. Martin Guerre is a peasant who deserted his wife and family for many years. While Martin Guerre is gone, a man named Arnaud du Tilh arrives at Martin’s village and claims to be Martin Guerre. Bertrande, who is Guerre’s wife, Guerre’s sisters, and many of the villagers, accepts the imposter. After almost three years of being happily married, Bertrande takes the fraud

  • The English Peasant Uprising

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    The English Peasant Uprising was motivated by a growing contempt with the government and clergy following the Black Death which was finally set off by a series of immediate social and economic causes. A shortage of workers followed the Black Death with an estimated forty-five per cent of the population dying in England . As entire towns were either deserted or left devoid of life, rural peasants increased their mobility into major cities. This shortage of rural workers led to famine as fields were

  • The Peasants' Revolt and Effect on England

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    The most serious revolt upon all the revolts that Medieval England has experienced is the Peasants’ Revolt, which erupted in June 1381. Despite being described as the first step towards democracy, the demerits of the Peasants' Revolt overcome its merits (that are overemphasized.) Peasants did not achieve all their rightful demands at the time and it is not certain that its effect is ongoing till this day. When the Black Death spread in Europe from 1348 to 1351,about 30% of the population died and