When did the Revolt of Weavers in Silesia take place?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 5th, 2022

The revolt of weavers in Silesia took place in 1845. This revolt was directed towards the contractors who provided raw materials to the weavers as orders for finished textiles and later withdrew from their originally promised wages to the weavers.

The weavers, therefore, decided to take upon themselves the fight against this wrongful behavior and went on to protest on 4th June 1845 to one of their contractors' mansions, demanding an increase in wages. The weavers caused damage to the mansion and also vandalized the storehouse where all the raw materials were stored.

The Revolt of Weavers and Its Consequences

The revolt of weavers was a reaction to the unfair behavior of the rich contractors who took advantage of the miserable conditions of the weavers. Cotton weaving was the major occupation in the Silesian villages, and there was extreme misery among the people. The desperate need for employment made them accept the contractors' orders to provide them with finished textiles with raw materials. After receiving the finished orders, the contractors failed to pay the weavers as promised and reduced their payments.

In opposition to this impartial behavior, the weavers set foot into one of the contractors' mansions and vandalized it. The contractor, although called the army and in the struggle, eleven weavers got shot.

There were several such uprisings throughout Europe arising from unemployment and poverty.

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