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Faculty Book: Katherine Verdery

Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery

Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949–1962
(Princeton University Press, 2011)

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. Peasants under Siege provides the first comprehensive look at the far-reaching social engineering process that ensued. The authors examine 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. Drawing on archival documents, oral histories, and ethnographic data, Peasants under Siege sheds new light on collectivization in the Soviet era and on the complex tensions underlying and constraining political authority. Katherine Verdery is the Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and a distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: FEB 21, 2012

Category: Anthropology, Faculty Books