Re: Education of an arendar or farm manager,19th c., #general #lithuania


Paul King
 

Education of an arendar. Since a large percentage of Jews were arendars in Poland from the 17th c. through to the 19th c., there was an accretion of knowledge both within the family and communally as to what was entailed in being an arendar. Of course, reading and writing for bookkeeping purposes was essential, but management of labor, networking for the purchase of agricultural equipment and marketing of wares or produce were among the key skills required and acquired. For excellent commentary on Polish arendars, I suggest M. J. Rosman, The Lords' Jews: Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 18th Century., and Hillel Levine, Economic Origins of Antisemitism: Poland and Its Jews in the Early Modern Period.

Paul King
Jerusalem

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