Countryside and Communism in Eastern Europe

RHN 38/2017 | Publication

Sorin Radu and Cosmin Budeancă (eds.), Countryside and Communism in Eastern Europe. Perceptions, Attitudes, Propaganda (Mainzer Beiträge zur Geschichte Osteuropas; 8), Wien/Zürich/Münster: LIT Verlag 2016.

The book offers a comparative perspective regarding the communist transformation of the countryside within “Soviet Bloc” countries, mainly focusing on organization and political practices within the rural areas, land reforms and collectivization of agriculture, social change and rural mentality, political instruments of the communist regimes for transforming the village: between coercion and resistance; communist propaganda and agitation in the rural world; cultural propaganda and representations of the countryside in the official discourse in the “Eastern Bloc”.