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Pathways of PowerBuilding an Anthropology of the Modern World$
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Eric Wolf

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223332

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223332.001.0001

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The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin America

The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin America

(p.272) 20 The Second Serfdom in Eastern Europe and Latin America
Pathways of Power

Eric R. Wolf

University of California Press

This chapter draws comparisons between “the really existing socialisms” and “the really existing capitalisms” by two peripheries, Eastern Europe and Latin America, and aims at providing some of the perspectives required for such comparisons. The two world areas have also taken a different path from the developing industrial complex located in northwestern Europe. Demographic factors, involvements in developing markets, and the needs of military procurement, then, may have operated singly or together to further the development of the large estate worked with directly controlled, coerced labor. The two world regions exhibit a marked similarity in the nature of rule by centralizing states. Much of the political energy of the twentieth century was directed toward refashioning the political economy of the countryside and, thus, toward altering the ways in which the various societies of East and West participated, through the instrument of the large estate, in the developing world system.

Keywords:   Eastern Europe, Latin America, demographic factors, socialisms, capitalisms

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