What is it?
The German Peasants' War, Great Peasants' War or Great Peasants' Revolt was a widespread popular revolt in the German-speaking areas of Central Europe, 1524–1525. It failed because of the intense opposition of the upper class, who slaughtered up to 100,000 of the 300,000 poorly armed peasants and farmers.
Why is it signigicant?
The revolt of the Peasants' War, originated in opposition to the heavy burdens of taxes and duties on the German serfs, who had no legal rights and no opportunity to improve their lot. The revolt incorporated some principles and rhetoric from the emerging Protest Reformation, through which the peasants sought freedom and influence.