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The Egalitarian Moment

The Egalitarian Moment
Asia and Africa, 1950–1980

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  • Author: D. A. Low, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Date Published: November 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521567657

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  • General histories of the twentieth century will have much to say about the establishment, spread, maintenance and sudden collapse of Soviet Communism. This book outlines a major feature of twentieth-century world history that arguably affected more people than the rise and fall of Soviet Communism. It was the first to discuss as related developments the many attempts in Asia and Africa in the third quarter of the twentieth century to create egalitarian rural societies (landlord abolition in Egypt, India and Iran; ujamaa in Tanzania; land reform in Indonesia; collectivization in China, Vietnam and Ethiopia), their failure, and the differentiated rural regimes which, despite landlord abolition, remain there to this day. The case studies include Egypt, India, the three East African countries, Papua New Guinea, Iran, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, China and Vietnam. The book highlights a major and hitherto disaggregated aspect of twentieth-century world history.

    • Discusses over a dozen African and Asian countries in the mid-twentieth century
    • Deals with land reform, collectivization, and rural power politics
    • Personalities examined include Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ho, Nehru, Nasser and Nyerere
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    • Date Published: November 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521567657
    • length: 148 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Landlord abolition and the rural order: Egypt, India
    2. Richer peasants and the state: East Africa, Papua New Guinea
    3. Rightest regimes and peasant societies: Iran, Southeast Asia
    4. Leftist regimes and their peasantries: Ethiopia, China, Vietnam
    Index.

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    D. A. Low, Australian National University, Canberra

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