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Tango0115 Jan 2018 12:15 p.m. PST

….a Little Known Story


"What was the German Peasants' War of 1525 but an abortive revolution, even if they did not yet have this word in their vocabulary or actually use it in this sense? What a thing to make a nobleman walk on his feet, while the peasant climbed the mount and rode on the nobleman's high horse! What was it when the notorious peasants could load Margarethe von Helfenstein, the natural daughter of Emperor Maximilian, on a manure wagon in Weinsberg, and pack her and her child off to Heilsbronn? Less harmless was this insult to her noble estate than the fact that despite her pleading for her husband's life, Duke Helfenstein, along with seventeen other noblemen and knights, was still forced to run a gauntlet of peasants before her eyes, witnessing this cruel sport with her two year old son. (By and large the peasants had not been bloodthirsty, but Duke Helfenstein had just carried out a murderous march against the peasants on his way from Stuttgart to Weinsberg.)[2] Abortive as the revolution was, for a small space in time, from 1524 to 1525, and longer in Tyrol, the peasants hunted and fished as equals to the ruling nobility…."
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Armand

Sandinista22 Jan 2018 10:55 p.m. PST

Another from Frederick Engels

The Peasant War in Germany link

Tango0124 Jan 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

Thanks!

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Armand

Puster Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

I would take Engels work on this with some considerably grain of salt considering the "historical" work. There is a reason why Marx and Engels are usually named together as the foundation fathers of "Marxism", and Engels certainly uses a very specific perspective.

That, of course, would be known to a Sandinista :-)

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