Fields of Revolution
Agrarian Reform and Rural State Formation in Bolivia, 1935-1964 (Pitt Latin American Series)
Praise For Fields of Revolution: Agrarian Reform and Rural State Formation in Bolivia, 1935-1964 (Pitt Latin American Series)…
“Fields of Revolution is an outstanding work of historical scholarship. It will change our understanding not only of the agrarian reform itself but also of the wider character and legacy of the 1952 National Revolution in Bolivia. Based on diligent and discerning archival research, this study shows the importance of regional comparison as well as identifying key features of differentiation within the rural population. As a result, the book qualifies much of the established historiography, not least over the role of the MNR in rural affairs. Independent in outlook and fair-minded in appraisal, this is a study that should be read by everyone interested in modern Bolivia.” —James Dunkerley, Queen Mary University of London
“A ground-breaking study! This book explores the fascinating complexities of Bolivia’s historic 1953 Agrarian Reform. Solíz argues that land reform was not a project of state engineering, but sprang from the deep furrows of indigenous and peasant struggles for land rights over many decades. Working in virgin archives, she also examines the cultural terrain, in which peasant unions, comunarios, and ex-landowners argued over their rightful stakes in the post-revolutionary order. Deeply researched and beautifully written, Fields of Revolution is essential reading for Latin America scholars of revolution, agrarian movements, and peasant studies.” —Brooke Larson, Stony Brook University, and author of Trials of Nation Making. Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810-1910
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822946656, 280pp.
Publication Date: April 20, 2021