Many Shades of Red: State Policy and Collective Agriculture

Many Shades of Red: State Policy and Collective Agriculture

by Mieke Meurs
     
 

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This volume provides a radical and timely corrective to received wisdom about the seemingly inevitable transition from communism to capitalism. Arguing against popular misconceptions that portray collectivized agriculture as an unqualified failure, the contributors draw upon newly available local sources to illuminate its costs, benefits, successes, and failures. They… See more details below

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This volume provides a radical and timely corrective to received wisdom about the seemingly inevitable transition from communism to capitalism. Arguing against popular misconceptions that portray collectivized agriculture as an unqualified failure, the contributors draw upon newly available local sources to illuminate its costs, benefits, successes, and failures. They highlight the wide variety of state policies, local responses, and economic outcomes, as well as the influence of local geography, political structures, and economic institutions. With its institutionalist analysis of both the causes and impacts of policy differences, this study provides lessons of continuing relevance to the many countries grappling with agrarian reform.

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Booknews
Case studies drawing on new material, including life history interviews, survey data, and newly available archival sources, examine the process of agricultural collectivization in Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, China, and Cuba. Emphasis is placed on changes taking place over time and evaluation of the potential of various forms of land and resource pooling to improve agricultural performance under varying conditions. The introduction argues for the timeliness of a reevaluation of collectivization in the post-Soviet environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Eastern Economic Journal
The volume succeeds brilliantly in showing the diverse experiences with collective agriculture. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in agricultural policy, and for scholars and practitioners of rural development.
Slavic Review
I found many interesting ideas and materials in this collection.
— Frederic L. Pryor, Swarthmore College
Slavic Review - Frederic L. Pryor
I found many interesting ideas and materials in this collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461608417
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/18/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
260
File size:
3 MB

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