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The Theory of Peasant Economy

A. V. Chayanov

The work of A. V. Chayanov is today drawing more attention among Western scholars than ever before. Largely ignored in his native Russia because they differed from Marxist-Leninist theory, and neglected in the West for more than forty years, Chayanov’s sophisticated theories were at last published in English in 1966. That trenchant is reprinted in this Wisconsin paperback edition, which includes a new introduction by the sociologist Teodor Shanin, of the University of Manchester, one of the world’s leading Chayanov scholars. The Wisconsin edition will be essential reading for political scientists, anthropologists, and all whose interests include peasant studies, Third World development, and women’s studies.

“The past two decades have seen the emergence of a whole new field called ‘peasant studies’ and, along with those of Karl Marx, Chayanov’s ideas have been central to its development. . . . The publishers are to be commended for re-issuing the book with both old and new introductions and making it available as an affordable paperback for students. The work is a classic.”
Times Higher Education Supplement

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Tree in a plowed field

November 1986

LC: 85-040758 HD
416 pp.  6 x 9

ISBN 978-0-299-10570-9
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