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Peasants' Revolt

The Global Peasants’ Revolt

The German Peasant’s War, as described above, was a massive conflict in the 16th Century that spanned much of central Europe, led to much bloodshed, and helped speed along the titanic shifts already enveloping much of the continent. Sparked by high taxes, the burdens imposed on the peasantry by the ruling class, and the lords no longer fulfilling their end of the relationship, it was a war fought to a final, bitter end. Though the peasant armies lost, in the end, their efforts weren’t entirely without benefit; the lords, though they won, remained far more cautious in dealing with the peasantry.