[Marxism] Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | The Great Debate
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Sun Sep 1 20:57:30 MDT 2013
Marc Bloch tells us in his masterful Feudal Society that there were significant productivity gains during the feudal period in Europe. The introduction of the three-field system of crop rotation raised productivity by as much as 50 %. This argues against a stagnant society. Such increases gave rise to struggles between lords and serfs over who would get the surplus output. As to the holidays, it is good to remember that the word serf derives from the Latin servus, or slave.
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