Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century

Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century

Eric R. Wolf / Feb 29, 2020

Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century provides a good short course in the major popular revolutions of our century in Russia Mexico China Algeria Cuba and Viet Nam not from the perspective of gov

  • Title: Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century
  • Author: Eric R. Wolf
  • ISBN: 9780806131962
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century provides a good short course in the major popular revolutions of our century in Russia, Mexico, China, Algeria, Cuba, and Viet Nam not from the perspective of governments or parties or leaders, but from the perspective of the peasant peoples whose lives and ways of living were destroyed by the depredations of the imperial powers, in Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century provides a good short course in the major popular revolutions of our century in Russia, Mexico, China, Algeria, Cuba, and Viet Nam not from the perspective of governments or parties or leaders, but from the perspective of the peasant peoples whose lives and ways of living were destroyed by the depredations of the imperial powers, including American imperial power New York Times Book Review Eric Wolf s study of the six great peasant based revolutions of the century demonstrates a mastery of his field and the methods required to negotiate it that evokes respect and admiration In six crisp essays, and a brilliant conclusion, he extends our understanding of the nature of peasant reactions to social change appreciably by his skill in isolating and analyzing those factors, which, by a magnification of the anthropologist s techniques, can be shown to be crucial in linking local grievances and protest to larger movements of political transformation American Political Science Review An intellectual tour de force Comparative Politics

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      • Eric R. Wolf

        Anthropologist, best known for his studies of peasants, Latin America, and his advocacy of Marxian perspectives within anthropology.


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    1. Nyicil bacaan untuk tema skripsi. Karena, semester lima sudah diminta untuk memikirkan topik skripsi. Intinya, buku ini merangkum beberapa perjuangan, salah satunya kelompok Zapatista "Generasi Pertama" di meksiko. Proses awal kemiskinan itu tercerabutnya masyarakat dari tanahnya.


    2. I'm trying to reconcile some feelings I had while reading this book. It tries to be engaging, but the strategy of dissection the author uses to investigate each case (he views revolution through the lens of the peasantry in Mexico, Russia, China, Vietnam, Algeria, and Cuba) comes off as plodding. The really exciting of this book came in the Conclusion, where he really presented and expanded his thesis: revolution against a new and invasive capitalist worldview and sociopolitical order doesn't re [...]


    3. What if anything is the connective tissue between the revolutions in Mexico, Russia, Algeria, China, Vietnam, and Cuba? Eric Wolf has written a book composed primarily of class analysis, but that is not from a Marxist perspective on the issue. Peasant Wars is doesn't feel wrong so much as it feels like time has passed it by. Written in the sixties, these revolutions don't feel like the sort of phenomenon that it is vital to understand in the way they did at the time of publication. Modern revolu [...]


    4. Explains the Vietnam War, Casto's revolution, the Mexican Revolution, and several other major post- and pre-WW II conflicts very effectively and completely by arguing that they are really conflicts about land use. In Wolf's view, the side opposing the U.S. and its allies wanted land to be primarily protected for subsistance farming, whereas U.S. interests wanted land to primarily be an object of capital. The argument makes a lot of sense and mirrors a comment a Vietnam War veteran friend made to [...]


    5. I was excited to read about the history and context of revolutions in all of the countries this book covered. It goes into moderate depth about the social hierarchies, forces at play, historical context, who the main movers and power brokers were, and why (to their understanding) things turned out the way they did.For a book published in the 1970's, it feels surprisingly relevant and insightful. I'd love to read an updated version which covered the 50 years which have elapsed since the book was [...]


    6. Why do peasants revolt? Where and when?This would be a great book for studying peasant livelihoods in political contexts of the 20th century and could be read in tandem with Frank Ellis and James Scott.


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