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Fields of Revolution


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Carmen Soliz is assistant professor of Latin American history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bolivian historian.


"A ground-breaking study! This book explores the fascinating complexities of Bolivia's historic 1953 Agrarian Reform. Soliz 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

"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 of Bolivia's revolutionary experiment in peasant land redistribution during the second half of the twentieth century. . . . Soliz upends scholarly assumptions about where the MNR's land reform policies came from, how transformative such policies were for the countryside, and how popular forces engaged with the state. . . . Engaging and incisive, this book is essential reading for scholars of rural and agrarian history, indigenous movements, revolutions, and would make a great addition to graduate and undergraduate classrooms alike." --New Books Network

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