Transforming Peasants, Property and Power: The Collectivization of Agriculture in Romania, 1949 - 1962

Transforming Peasants, Property and Power: The Collectivization of Agriculture in Romania, 1949 - 1962

By: Constantin Iordachi (editor), Dorin Dobrincu (editor)Hardback

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A central element in the formation of Eastern European state socialism, the collectivization of agriculture touched the lives of many more citizens than the transformations in industry. Despite its profound long-term socio-political implications, the process of land collectivization has not been subject to comprehensive research. The product of an interdisciplinary project, this book fills this lacuna in the academic literature: a highly integrated, theory-driven collective work of leading historians, anthropologists, sociologists and literary critics from the US, the UK, Hungary and Romania. The book analyzes the campaign of collectivization in Romania, between 1949 and 1962. Parallel to presenting national policies and practices (i.e., property legislation, and political debates), field research explores in case studies, working across a broad span of communities and experiences, what types of new peasant-state relations were formed through collectivization.

About Author

Constantin Iordachi is Assistant Professor at History Department, CEU, BudapestDorin Dobrincu is Research Fellow, A. D. Xenopol Institute of History, Iasi, Romania


Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery: Foreword; Constantin Iordachi and Dorin Dobrincu: Introduction; Part One: The Collectivization of the Agriculture: General Aspects Robert Levy: The First Wave of the Collectivization Campaign: Central Policies and their Regional Implementation, 1949-1953; Marius Oprea: The Final Offensive: A"The Socialist Transformation of AgricultureA" from Slogans to Reality (1953-1962); Linda Miller: Law and Propaganda: Rural Land Ownership, Collectivization and Socialist Property in Romania; Part Two: Center and Periphery in the Collectivization CampaignConstantin Iordachi: A"Constanta, the First Collectivized RegionA": Regional Specificity, Collectivization and Propaganda in Dobrogea, 1949-1962; Smaranda Vultur: The Role of Ethnicity in the Collectivization of Tomnatic/Triebswetter village, Banat Region (1949-1956); Gail Kligman: Creating Communist Authority: Class Warfare and Collectivization in Ieud, Maramures (Baia Mare Region); Virgiliu Tarau: Strategies in Collectivization Policy in the Cluj Region: The Aiud and Turda Districts; Sandor Olah: Collectivization in the Odorhei District, the Autonomous Hungarian Region; Michael Stewart, Razvan Stan: Collectivization and Resistance in the Shepherding Village of Poiana Sibiului (Sibiu Region); Dorin Dobrincu: Persuasion, Delay, and Coercion: Late Collectivization in Northern Moldavia. The Case of Darabani (Suceava Region); Part Three: Collectivization and the Transformation of Social RelationsKatherine Verdery: Exploiters Old and New: Making and Unmaking A"Rich PeasantsA" in Aurel Vlaicu (Hunedoara Region); Daniel Latea: Revolution in bits and pieces: collectivization in Oltenia, southern Romania (Craiova region); Julianna Bodo: Persuasion Techniques and Community Reactions in the Village of Corund, the Autonomous Hungarian Region; Calin Goina: A"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today!A" A Case Study of a Model Kolkhoz: A"New LifeA" Santana (Arad Region); Liviu Chelcea: A"Here in Reviga, There Was Nobody to Wage the Class Struggle:A" Collectivization in Reviga, Baragan Plain (Bucharest Region); Catalin Augustin Stoica: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Institutionalizing the Party-State and Collective Property in Two Romanian Villages (Galati Region); Constantin Iordachi, Katherine Verdery: Conclusions; Annexes: Dorin Dobrincu, Constantin Iordachi: General Bibliography on the Collectivization of Agriculture in Romania; Constantin Iordachi, Dorin Dobrincu: The Communist Take-Over and Land Collectivization in Romania: Chronology of Events, 1945-1962; Table of Research Villages; Maps; List of Abbreviations; Glossary of Terms; About the Authors; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789639776258
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 500
  • ID: 9789639776258
  • ISBN10: 9639776254

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