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  • Green Barons, Force-of-Circumstance Entrepreneurs, Impotent Mayors: Rural Change in the Early Years of Post-Socialist Capitalist Democracy
  • By Niegel Swain
  • 2013
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  • Published by: Central European University Press
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An exemplary study in comparative contemporary history, this monograph looks at rural change in six countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. In the 1990s most of these nations experienced a fourth radical restructuring of agricultural relations in the twentieth century, and all went through the dramatic transition from communism to capitalism. The author analyzes attempts to activate democracy on a local level and recreate farming structures and non-agricultural businesses based on private ownership and private enterprise. He describes the emergence of a new business class that seeks to dominate local government structures; the recuperation of former communist farming entities by former managers; and the transformation of peasants into rural citizens, who nevertheless remain the underdogs. Swain exposes common features as well as specific divergences between the six countries; he portrays the winners, losers and engineers of transformations. He situates his themes in a wider context that will appeal to a broad range of social scientists and historians.

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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. List of Tables and Maps
  2. p. xi
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Politics, Policies and Legal Measures
  2. pp. 19-70
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  1. 2. Common General Findings
  2. pp. 71-112
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  1. 3. Bulgaria
  2. pp. 113-152
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  1. 4. Czech Republic
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  1. 5. Hungary
  2. pp. 195-240
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  1. 6. Poland
  2. pp. 241-278
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  1. 7. Romania
  2. pp. 279-320
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  1. 8. Slovakia
  2. pp. 321-360
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 361-372
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 373-390
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  1. Index of Research Villages
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  1. General Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9786155225710
Related ISBN(s)
9786155225703
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OCLC
867652480
Pages
412
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
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