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Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962

Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery


In 1949, Romania's fledgling communist regime unleashed a radical and brutal campaign to collectivize agriculture in this largely agrarian country, following the Soviet model. This book provides the first comprehensive look at the far-reaching social engineering process that ensued. The book examines how collectivization assaulted the very foundations of rural life, transforming village communities that were organized around kinship and status hierarchies into segments of large bureaucratic organizations, forged by the language of “class warfare” yet saturated with vindictive personal struggle ... More

Keywords: Romania, communist regime, Communism, collectivization, class warfare, Soviet Union, political authority, Communist Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149721
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gail Kligman, author
University of California, Los Angeles

Katherine Verdery, author
City University of New York