The Economic History Review

Manorial economy and corvée labour in southern Sweden 1650–1850*

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Pages: 481-497Authors: MATS OLSSON
Published online: January 9, 2006DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2006.00336.x

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SUMMARY 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.