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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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Though rural development projects involving corvee labour have declined, community contributions to public goods provision have not ceased.
Powerful sultanates operated along both of the major river systems flowing through the area--with administrative centres not only at their mouths, but also further inland--exacting tribute and corvee labour from local Dayak populations.
This meant that they allowed the raja to continue subjugating Dayak groups--and collecting tribute, taxes, and corvee labour from them--on behalf of the Dutch (Davidson 2008:31; Heidhues 2003:23-24, 45).
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.
They preferred to "stay merry" (holde sig lystige).(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 British, who occupied Egypt in 1882, took responsibility for (and pride in) the abolition of corvee labour. Sir Evelyn Baring (raised to the peerage as Lord Cromer in 1892), the British consul-general and effective ruler of the country between 1883 and 1907, pointed to the suppression of the "three C's" -- the courbash (or kurbaj, a whip used to enforce official orders), the corvee, and corruption -- as the most difficult and impressive British accomplishments.
Some have instead emphasized the necessity of relying on corvee labour in the period before the occupation.(3) Egyptian historians have also pointed to peasant resistance to the corvee, stressing the incident in 1880 when residents of the rice-growing areas of the northern Nile Delta resisted official orders to report for corvee labour.
In 1916, hundreds of thousands of peasants demonstrated against corvee labour laws, taxation, and the general economic situation in Phnom Penh.
corvee labour and military service were all indicators of an
about new calls for corvee labour teams to lay new roads.
By the 1950s Kaufman asserted that much infrastructure in the Vientiane plains was still maintained through corvee labour, rallied by the taaseeng (canton) level administration (Kaufman 1961, p.
Evidence often cited for such intervention is the 34 kilometre long Muang Khaeng canal constructed with peasant corvee labour under orders of King Mangrai in the thirteenth century as well as the comprehensive irrigation regulations contained in the Mangraisat (Laws of King Mangrai).(10) Examples of more recent state intervention in irrigation, in the nineteenth century, have been given by Sharon Calavan and Paul Cohen.(11)
Through its religious and civilian bureaucratic tentacles, the Spanish colonial state exemplified the "swallowing up" of money in the form of tribute, taxes, produce and church offerings, and the "swallowing up" of human energy and strength in the form of corvee labour. Money and human energy were then, as suggested in the de la Rama legend, "fed" to the Catholic Deity, supporting the supernatural sphere which enabled the reproduction of the colonial state and all its organs.
In this context, opposition to the colonial state entailed the reversal of the resource flow which de la Rama achieved by "whipping" the image of Christ to compel it to "vomit" money and vitality - in the same way as the native subjects paid taxes and rendered corvee labour on pain of the whip.
In a similar vein, Walker may be overstating the historically benevolent reciprocity between lowland rulers and highland vassals in so far as he makes only benign and passing mention of the overlords' extraction of corvee labour and taxes.