Review: Wolf’s Peasant Wars of the 20th Century

Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century
Eric Wolf
Analysis of the revolutions in a bunch of peasant / developing countries seen through a pretty rigorous historical Marxist analysis. This is by one of the top dogs in Marxist anthropology and I really liked this book when I read it* It was the first sustained look at the Mexican revolution I had ever read (I had read some on China, Cuba, and Vietnam and more than some on Russia before this) and I found it insightful. Of course, I am not as sympathetic to Marxism now as I was then. It’d be interesting to reread this and see how much of his analysis the me of today still buys.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

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