What's the meaning of strode in the following context? If you define it as to move with or as if with long steps it doesn't make any sense. I looked every possible definition for stride in dictionaries but none of them makes any sense here!
My father’s family came from Moravia. There the Jewish communities lived in small country villages on friendly terms with the peasants and the petty bourgeoisie. They were entirely free both of the sense of inferiority and of the smooth pushing impatience of the Galician or Eastern Jews. Strong and powerful, owing to their life in the country, they went their way quietly and surely, as the peasants of their homeland strode over the fields.