There Were No Peasant Rebellions. Serfdom and Resistance

It is a common belief in Poland that peasants were an ignorant, disorganized mass with no ability to fight for their rights. Apart from a few exceptions, little is written about peasant revolts in Poland. There is very little awareness that they even rebelled at all. This stems primarily from misunderstandings about the nature of peasant revolts. The manorial serfdom economic model adopted in Poland required its own specific tactics of resistance. Knowledge about the nature of peasant revolts on Polish territory and the strategies employed allows us to see and understand their scale. It then becomes clear that the peasants were not such a passive mass.