A Tale of Two Villages : Coerced Modernization in East European Countryside

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A Tale of Two Villages : Coerced Modernization in East European Countryside

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 219 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9789639776784
  • DDC分類 334.68309498

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A non-fiction book about the social engineering operated in rural Eastern Europe by the Communist regime, based on the history of two villages in Romania. One of the two villages is the birthplace of Nicolae Ceausescu, the former Communist dictator, Scornicesti, which received massive investment during communist years and was turned into a mixture of underdeveloped village and industrial town. The other is Nucsoara, the Carpathian cradle of peasants' resistance against Communism, where half the village was executed or imprisoned and their lands divided between the other half. The state intervention failed in both villages to attain the planned objectives, but it nevertheless changed fundamentally the life of villagers. This book is mostly about the consequences of unlimited state power over people and communities.

Table of Contents

        List of Tables                             vi
Acknowledgements vii
Chapter 1 The Argument 1 (14)
Chapter 2 Two Villages 15 (32)
Chapter 3 The Construction and 47 (38)
Deconstruction of Rural Property
Chapter 4 The Invention of Social Conflict 85 (20)
Chapter 5 The Destruction and Replacement 105(26)
of the Elite
Chapter 6 The Manipulation of Lifestyles 131(24)
Chapter 7 From the Dependent Peasant to the 155(34)
Citizen-Peasant: The Bases of a Rural
Political Culture
Chapter 8 Between the Past and the Future 189(22)
References 211(6)
Appendices 217(4)
Index 221