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Babrujsk and its Neighbourhood in the Early Seventeenth Century

In Eastern Europe, the period from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries was one of great importance in agrarian history. Certainly during the whole period...the most far-reaching single event of economic history was the voloka agrarian reform of 1557. In the sixteenth century cadastres were completed to record the redistributed holdings of land and the taxes due from them. Of the very few eastern cadastres which have survived, one of the most important, detailed and useful is the inventory drawn up in 1639 of the town of Bobruysk and its starostvo, that is its subordinate lands.