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The Return of the Peasant

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A.L. CartwrightMax Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany

ISBN13: 9780754621669
ISBN: 0754621669
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Every revolution has to deal with the past. Present need often determines the way that new governments confront past events. The speed of the collapse of Communism in Eastern and Central Europe surprised many, not least because there was so little blood shed.;However, with the collapse of any regime, they comes another to follow. Now each country was free to determine its own economic systems and political institutions, some countries re-named streets and buildings, while elsewhere political parties previously banned were beginning to re-emerge. In Romania, Bulgaria and Albania elderly kings and queens tried in vain to revive the idea of a constitutional monarchy.;This thesis investigates the reform of land ownership in Romania and the ways in which collective property was privatized. It looks at the legal basis for such reform and uses case studies from two villages in Transylvania to show the implementation process.

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The land question in the formation of modern Romania; halting the Bolsheviks - land reform and economic development between the wars; laying the ground - post-war land distribution; transforming private property - collectivizing techniques 1948-1962; rural developments during the golden age of multilateral socialism; rewriting history - post-communist land reform; short rulers and lost vinyards - implementing land reform in Mirsid; moving boundaries - implementing land reform in Plaiesti; conclusion - the return of the peasant.