Transatlantic Rebels: Agrarian Radicalism in Comparative Context

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This collection, by an international array of historians, examines agrarian radicalism in comparative context from 1500 to the present. What unifies the studies is a shared interest in the ways in which agrarian people in the Atlantic world interacted with each other, transmitted and translated ideas, developed new crops or methods, or formulated critiques of the existing social, economic, and political order. All agree, to varying extents, that the Atlantic world is best conceptualized not as a rigid barrier between nations, peoples, and cultures, but rather a frontier, a permeable space with eddies and currents of ideas, cultivars, and human beings. In addition, as these essays indicate, "radicalism" can be found not only in the political realm, but also in the rate and extent of social, economic, and environmental change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870137273
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Summerhill is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University.

James C. Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and Director of Agrarian Studies at Yale University. His most recent book is Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed.

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Table of Contents

Agricultural dynamics of the Columbian exchange 1
Rural protest on Prince Edward Island in transatlantic context : from the aftermath of the Seven Years' War to the 1840s 21
The United States as a postcolonial state, 1789-1865 55
"The yoke of improvement" : Sir John Sinclair, John Young, and the improvement of the Scotlands, new and old 87
Threatening Pardos : Pardo republicanism in Colombia, 1811-1830 117
Multiple crossings : Thomas Ainge Devyr and transatlantic land reform 137
"Primitive Christianity" and "modern socialism" : Thomas W. Woodrow and agrarian socialism 167
Radical rhetoric, repressive rule : Sindicato power in the Atlixco (Mexico) countryside in the early twentieth century 193
Seeds of subversion? : a new-world plant and agrarian change in two peasant-based empires, 1500-1999 221
Transatlantic travails : German experiment stations and the transformation of American agriculture 245
Drylands, dust bowl, and agro-technical internationalism in Southern Africa 265
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    political and social efffects of international agrarianism

    The topic is taken within a wide context--from South Africa to Prince Edward Island and Scotland, from Mexico and the United States to Germany. The period of time covered is wide also--from the 1500s to the present. The 11 collected essays treat the movement of 'crops and techniques of cultivation, rumors, radical plebeian ideas, workers, sailors, and prisoners' in spreading political and social ideas throughout this wide area over the several centuries. This is seen as a kind of cross-pollenization, or a vein of globalization going on in the countries touched by the Atlantic since the Renaissance. In places, some authors discuss how the cultivation of a new crop such as corn or potatoes or tobacco brought to another country or an overseas market for it played a role in the dissemination and formation of agrarianism. One learns that there are historical and ongoing ways other than diplomacy, wars, books and the media, and immigration that particular ideas and perspectives spread in the world. These ideas spread and are shaped both by acceptance of them and resistance to them. Except for a couple, the essays' authors are college professors of history. The editors are authors of books in the areas of agrarianism and political and social ideas.

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