Rapid industrial growth and technological advances were helping to transform the German Empire into the most dynamic economy in Europe. On the one hand, industrialization and the extension of the market economy offered the peasantry new possibilities of communication, collective action and political articulation. On the other hand, economic change dramatically reduced the contribution of agriculture and rural manufacture to the nation's output and accelerated the process of social polarization in the village. The lack of peasant involvement in all but the most politically innocuous of organizations contrasted quite sharply with some other parts of Germany. The Bavarian Peasants' League, in common with many other expressions of peasant and popular protest in Imperial Germany, fits very uncomfortably into the categories conventionally used by historians. The Deutscher Bauernbund introduced into Bavaria a new and essentially populist dimension which posed a fundamental challenge to governmental authority and to the political foundations of Centrist pre-eminence in southern Germany.
|Title of host publication||Peasants and Lords in Modern Germany|
|Subtitle of host publication||Recent Studies in Agricultural History|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||30|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Jul 2017|