List of peasant revolts

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This is a chronological list of conflicts in which peasants played a significant role.


History of peasant wars spans over a period of over two thousand years. A variety of reasons fueled the emergence of the peasant revolt phenomenon, including:

  • Tax resistance
  • Social inequality
  • Religious war
  • Wars of national liberation|National liberation
  • Resistance against serfdom
  • Redistribution of land
  • External factors such as plague and famine

The majority of peasant rebellions ended prematurely and were unsuccessful. Peasants suffered from limited funding and lacked the training and organisational capabilities of professional armies.

Chronological list

The list gives the name, the date, the peasant allies and enemies, and the result of these conflicts following this legend:

  Peasant victory
  Peasant defeat
  Another result (e.g. a treaty or peace without a clear result, status quo ante bellum, result unknown or indecisive)
  Ongoing conflict
Date Conflict State Peasants Result Image
1556–1557 First Potato War  Yonderre Yonderian peasants Suppression of the rebellion Bundschuhfahne Holzschnitt 1539 Petrarcas Trostspiegel.jpg
1641–1643 Yonderian Peasants' War  Yonderre 300,000 mostly Gothic peasants under several Knights of the Realm Suppression of the rebellion Wandering Bands of Insurgents during the German Peasants War.jpg
1787–1788 Second Potato War  Yonderre Yonderian peasants Suppression of the rebellion,
Potato Laws repealed
Franz von Defregger Heimkehrender Tiroler Landsturm.jpg