Agrarianism as Modernity in 20th-Century Europe: The Golden Age of the Peasantry
Alex Toshkov (Author)
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Whilst Soviet communism and its relationship with modernity has been widely studied to date, the agrarian experiment in Eastern Europe has been relegated to the margins of historical analysis. In this comparative study, Alex Toshkov uncovers the history of agrarianism after the First World War and explores its place as an alternative modernity to liberal democracy and capitalism. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, this book explores the transnational connections between the paradigmatic cases of Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia, as well as the International Agrarian Bureau in Prague, teasing out contradictions, hidden records and silenced interpretations of agrarianism. In addition, it uses a microhistorical approach to present an innovative theoretical framework which adds to our understanding of nationalism, political corruption, and alterity and the subaltern. This fascinating study restores interwar agrarianism to its rightful place as one of the most original and significant political currents in 20th-century Europe.
About the Author
Alex Toshkov is Sessional Lecturer at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.
- Contributor: Alex Toshkov
- Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
- ISBN13: 9781350090552
- Number of Pages: 240
- Packaged Dimensions: 156x234mm
- Packaged Weight: 517
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Release Date: 2019-09-05
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Alex Toshkov is Sessional Lecturer at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.
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