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Land expropriation, socialist "modernizers," and peasant resistance in Asia

in Volume 2009 (2009): Issue 54 (Jun 2009): Accumulation by dispossession and Asia’s “modernizing” Left. Forum Editor: Luisa Steur

With the victory of capitalism and the end of the Cold War, almost all countries in the global south, including those still calling themselves “communist,” have become “transition” countries, competing to attract foreign direct investment and reform according to the strictures of global capitalism. Particularly interesting cases of “transition” are those states that explicitly legitimize their rule in terms of communist ideals, the general alliance of peasants and workers toward an egalitarian society, and whose ideological pillars historically include a pro-poor re- distributive land reform.

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