Social Change in a Peripheral Society - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121731502, 9781483271415

Social Change in a Peripheral Society

1st Edition

The Creation of a Balkan Colony

Authors: Daniel Chirot
eBook ISBN: 9781483271415
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 200
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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


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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