Serfdom and Social Capital in Bohemia and Russia

@article{Dennison2007SerfdomAS,
  title={Serfdom and Social Capital in Bohemia and Russia},
  author={Tracy Dennison and Sheilagh C. Ogilvie},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economic History Review},
  year={2007}
}
The 'horizontal' social capital generated by networks and communities is widely regarded as inherently antagonistic to 'vertical' hierarchies such as serfdom. This article examines this view using evidence from pre-Emancipation Bohemia and Russia. It finds that serf communes generated a substantial social capital of shared norms, common information, and collective sanctions. But communal 'social capital' was manipulated by village elites who collaborated with overlords in taxation, land… Expand
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