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  • Andrea Vangor
    Re serfs vs. peasants: a fascinating web site discusses these institutions in Old Finland, apparently part of Russia.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 2000
      Re serfs vs. peasants: a fascinating web site discusses these institutions
      in Old Finland, apparently part of Russia.

      http://linnea.helsinki.fi/elektra/summary.html

      It seems that because serfs were attached to the land and were not free to
      move away (although there were individual exceptions but that is not the
      point here) -- therefore, the nobles would obtain mortgages at the bank, so
      many roubles per serf.

      But after serfdom was abolished in Russia and the nobles tried to get
      mortgages from people who were now peasants, the banks refused them, because
      peasants could move away and were therefore not good collateral!

      Andrea
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