Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962

Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962

NOOK BookCourse Book (eBook - Course Book)

$27.99 $45.95 Save 39% Current price is $27.99, Original price is $45.95. You Save 39%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now

Overview

Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962 by Gail Kligman, Katherine Verdery

In 1949, Romania's fledgling communist regime unleashed a radical and brutal campaign to collectivize agriculture in this largely agrarian country, following the Soviet model. Peasants under Siege provides the first comprehensive look at the far-reaching social engineering process that ensued. Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery examine how collectivization assaulted the very foundations of rural life, transforming village communities that were organized around kinship and status hierarchies into segments of large bureaucratic organizations, forged by the language of "class warfare" yet saturated with vindictive personal struggles.

Collectivization not only overturned property relations, the authors argue, but was crucial in creating the Party-state that emerged, its mechanisms of rule, and the "new persons" that were its subjects. The book explores how ill-prepared cadres, themselves unconvinced of collectivization's promises, implemented technologies and pedagogies imported from the Soviet Union through actions that contributed to the excessive use of force, which Party leaders were often unable to control. In addition, the authors show how local responses to the Party's initiatives compelled the regime to modify its plans and negotiate outcomes.

Drawing on archival documents, oral histories, and ethnographic data, Peasants under Siege sheds new light on collectivization in the Soviet era and on the complex tensions underlying and constraining political authority.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400840434
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/25/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 520
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Gail Kligman is professor of sociology and director of the Center for European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Katherine Verdery is the Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews