This collection, by an international array of historians, examines agrarian radicalism in comparative context from 1500 to the present. What unifies the studies is a shared interest in the ways in which agrarian people in the Atlantic world interacted with each other, transmitted and translated ideas, developed new crops or methods, or formulated critiques of the existing social, economic, and political order. All agree, to varying extents, that the Atlantic world is best conceptualized not as a rigid barrier between nations, peoples, and cultures, but rather a frontier, a permeable space with eddies and currents of ideas, cultivars, and human beings. In addition, as these essays indicate, "radicalism" can be found not only in the political realm, but also in the rate and extent of social, economic, and environmental change.
Agrarian Radicalism in Comparative Context
Publication Date: November 30th, 2004
288 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Thomas Summerhill is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University.
James C. Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and Director of Agrarian Studies at Yale University. His most recent book is Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed.