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Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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Connexions Library: Agriculture and Farming Focus
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Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on farming and agriculture.
Ethiopia's stolen land.
'A common property of the nations and peoples'
Stienne, Agnes
Article
2013
Le Monde diplomatique
Government plans to reform Ethiopia’s agriculture failed to consider the country’s peasant culture, subsistence farming and basic needs such as water to drink. Instead, it let the agrifood and financi...
A Marxist History of the World part 32: Lord, burgher, and peasant in medieval Europe
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
Feudalism is often portrayed as a stagnant system where little changed over centuries. The reality was a system that was more dynamic and productive than anything before it argues Neil Faulkner.
A Marxist History of the World part 33: The class struggle in medieval Europe
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
Despite dominating western Europe in the 11th century by the 14th century Feudalism was faced with a crisis that generated a wave of revolutionary struggle. Neil Faulkner looks at the causes and outco...
A Marxist History of the World part 65: The 1905 Revolution: Russia's great dress rehearsal
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
Neil Faulkner looks at how the Russian Revolution of 1905 helped Leon Trotsky formulate an answer to the century-old riddle of Russian history: what form must the revolution take in order to be victor...
A Marxist History of the World part 66: The Ottoman Empire and the 1908 'Young Turk' Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
Neil Faulkner looks at how the revolution that began in Turkey in 1908 initiated a process that would transform the middle east over the following two decades.
A Marxist History of the World part 80: Stalinism: the bitter fruit of revolutionary defeat
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
Neil Faulkner looks at the time when the Bolshevik regime turned in on itself and morphed into a mockery of its socialist ideals.
A Marxist History of the World part 9: How History Happens
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Counterfire
The complex societies that emerged from the division of society into classes also created societies that were wasteful, violent, stagnant and crisis prone. Understanding why is the key to how history ...
A Marxist History of the World part 93: Maoist China
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
After the revolution of 1949, the Chinese Communists resorted to state capitalism to force the country’s industrialisation. The consequences were disastrous.
A Marxist History of the World part 97: Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
The reforms that Fidel Castro introduced after the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship were real, but they were bestowed from above and straitjacketed by poverty.
Peon
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The words peon and peonage are derived from the Spanish peón. It has a range of meanings but its primary usage is to describe laborers with little control over their employment conditions.
Readings from the Peasants' Revolt
Bragg, Melvyn
Article
2002
BBC
Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at six criti...
Serfdom
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Serfdom is the socio-economic status of unfree peasants under feudalism, and specifically relates to Manorialism. It was a condition of bondage or modified slavery which developed primarily during the...

Sources Bookshelf

Another Way of Telling
Berger, John; Mohr, Jean
Book
1982
Everyone in the world is familiar with photographs. And yet what is a photograph? What do photographs mean? How can they be used?
The History of Democracy
A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
The Land Grabbers
The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Pearce, Fred
Book
2012
How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.


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