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unpaid labor (as for the maintenance of roads) required by a lord of his vassals in lieu of taxes

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The state allocation of the unemployed to unwaged jobs, so undermining existing waged labour, is such an extreme form of labour conscription that it represents a reversion to pre-capitalist corvee labour.
Corvee labour was used as labour power by the lord in his own agricultural production on a large scale.
Yet it is misleading simply to speak of the destructive consequences of corvee labour and its generation of a general sense of despair among the peasantry.
13) Even though in the same period the estate intensified corvee labour, the overall rent paid by the villagers was, in relative terms, less than before if one views it in the context of increased production and better prices.
The classic view is that the increased dominance of the estates, and in particular corvee labour, inevitably led to a resigned attitude among the peasants, who became increasingly defeatist in the eighteenth century.