by Lloyd C. Irland
(this is the fifth article in a series by Lloyd C. Irland, orginally publilshe in the February 2016 issue of Maine Woodlands).
Our history books talk of periodic peasant revolts that shaped history, toppling dynasties, exacting concessions, or, more often, ending in bloody suppressions and changing nothing. Grievances over the forests played a role in many of them. We’ve seen the complex evolution of common rights in medieval Europe’s forests. These rights became increasingly unworkable and even dysfunctional in times of prosperity, widening trade, urbanization, and increasing population. About the year 1000
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