Social Change in a Peripheral Society

Social Change in a Peripheral Society

The Creation of a Balkan Colony

1st Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Author: Daniel Chirot
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271415

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Social Change in a Peripheral Society: The Creation of a Balkan Colony focuses on the nature of social change in peripheral societies, societies on the margins of the capitalist European world that have been absorbed by the dynamic industrial economies and turned into “colonial” or “neocolonial” societies. This book emphasizes the theory of an interdependent world-system dominated by core societies that subject, by direct or indirect means, peripheral societies. Studies on several peripheral societies, primarily those in the contemporary “third world”, that are in the former colonies of Europe in Latin America, Asia, and Africa are also described. This text likewise explains the tremendous vitality of European capitalism by deliberating the difference between Ottoman and capitalist exploitation of Romania. This publication is beneficial to historians, economists, and anthropologists interested in the social change in peripheral society.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    List of Tables

    Notes on the Use of Romanian Terms and Letters

    1 Introduction: A Method for Studying Social Change

    2 Wallachia

    The Geography of Wallachia

    3 The Dual Nature of the Communal-Trading Political Economy (1250-1500)

    The Early Communal-Trade Wallachian Political Economy

    Evidence About the Early Communal Villages

    The Nobles

    The State

    The Role of Commerce

    4 The Collapse of the Communal-Trading Political Economy and the Rise of the Seignorial State (1500-1600)

    The New System of Taxation

    The Growth of the Nobles' Power


    The Fall of Communal-Trading Political Economies

    5 The Protocolonial Political Economy (1600-1821)

    Taxes and the Ottoman Tribute


    Serfs and Free Villagers

    Oltenia 1718-1739: A Premature Experiment in Modern Colonialism

    The Reform of 1746 and Rural Society until 1821

    The State, the Nobles, and the Monasteries

    6 The Transition to Modern Colonialism (1821-1864)

    The International Context

    The Organic Regulation and Russian Rule

    Rural Society Under the Organic Regulation

    The Nobles and the Monasteries

    The Towns

    The Revolution of 1848

    The Union of Wallachia and Moldavia and the Reform of 1864

    7 The Developed Colonial Political Economy and the Agrarian Crisis (1864-1917)

    The Open Economy

    The Effects of the Reform of 1864

    The Overthrow of Cuza and Kogalniceanu

    Agrarian Relations after 1866: Neoserfdom

    Population Changes

    Rural Society and Economy in 1900

    A New Bourgeoisie?

    Agricultural Innovations

    The Revolt of 1907

    Reform Legislature after 1907

    World War I and Its Aftermath

    8 Social Change in Peripheral Societies


    1. General Works

    2. Works on Romania


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  • No. of pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1976
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271415

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