Agriculture 1700 up to 1750

Village life in Klenow Village life in Klenow

region Mecklenburg

Farmers and “Kossats” became day labourers, farm hands, threshers, hoers and herdsmen who mainly worked in manorial self-run businesses in return for payments in kind.

Holstein “Koppelwirtschaft” was an innovation under which the agricultural land was divided into seven to twelve fields and alternatively cultivated with corn, peas, as fallow or pasture. Grain output doubled and cattle farming was intensified through additional pasture land.

Ganschendorf bei Demmin, Schwedische Matrikelkarte 1698 Ganschendorf, as shown in the Swedish land register map of 1698

region Western Pomerania

The power of the country gentry rises significantly in Swedish Pomerania with the introduction of the 'Privileges for Landed Noblemen'. Serfdom is again defined by law. The region becomes the Swedish granary, shipping around 50% of the country's requirements across the Baltic Sea.

Rural aristocrats are required to pay taxes after the foundation of Prussian Pomerania in 1720. But they put up fierce resistance.