Peasants, Landlords, and Governments: Agrarian Reform in the Third World

Peasants, Landlords, and Governments: Agrarian Reform in the Third World

Peasants, Landlords, and Governments: Agrarian Reform in the Third World

Peasants, Landlords, and Governments: Agrarian Reform in the Third World

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The origins of this volume lie in a study seminar held at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in early 1971, on the subject of 'Land Tenure, Distribution and Reform'. The seminar was attended by officials and academics concerned with land reform from a number of Asian and Latin American countries. Except for Ramón Zaldívar, all the contributors to this book took part in the seminar.

In the path from the idea to the act of writing and publishing I have incurred many debts. The first is to the contributors themselves, who have suffered much chevying and pestering, and whose capacity for team-work is quite unusual for members of their profession. As a result, this is as nearly a co-operative volume as anyone could hope; we do not all agree on the solutions to the problems we raise, but we have been able to write our papers in the light of a common set of issues. The one paper which was not specifically written for this volume -- that on Peru -- offered such an original interpretation of the Peruvian process, that it obviously had to be published. The paper originally appeared in Peru in Cuadernos Agrarios in 1971; a number of those involved in this publication have since been sacked from their university posts or imprisoned, or both. I wish here to express my thanks to Ramón Zaldívar for allowing his work to be included.

The production of this volume has been particularly smooth for the authors thanks to the efforts and bewildering patience of Margot Cameron, Rosemary Irving, Geraldine King and Carrie Stait.

We owe much to the generosity of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and to the encouragement of its present and former Directors, Richard Jolly and Dudley Seers. Thanks to the Institute, the contributors were able to meet in December 1972, and the volume has thereby become . . .

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