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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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  • 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 is 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 that despite landlord abolition remain there to this day.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this pithy little book bodes fair to become a classic among Third World studies." Foreign Affairs

    "The writing is generally clear and to the point....The discussions around the Wiles lectures in Belfast in 1994 obviously were lively and this is an appropriate memento of them." Peter Lyon, International History Review

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    Product details

    • 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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