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Author Batatu, Hanna, 1926-
Title Syria's peasantry, the descendants of its lesser rural notables, and their politics / Hanna Batatu.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1999]

Author Batatu, Hanna, 1926-
Subject Assad, Hafez, 1930-2000.
Ḥizb al-Baʻth al-ʻArabī al-Ishtirākī (Syria)
Peasants -- Political activity -- Syria -- History -- 20th century.
Syria -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 413 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 391-403) and indexes.
Contents The Peasants' Socioeconomic Conditions -- The Role of Demographics -- Differentiations -- The "Peasant-gardeners" and the "Agricultural Peasants" -- The Pacific Peasants and the Peasants of Warrior Origin -- The "Orthodox" and the "Heterodox" Peasants -- The Clanless and Clan-linked Peasants -- The Landed and Landless Peasants, the Traditional Urban Landowners, and the Modern Mustathmirs -- Living Conditions -- The Distribution of Agricultural Income prior to and since the Restructuring of Agrarian Relations -- The Lessening Cost of Agricultural Credit -- The Reduced Tax Burden -- The Rapid Electrification of the Countryside -- The Spread of Safe Water Networks -- The Expansion of Rural Health Care -- The Development of the Means of Communication and Conveyance -- The Intensification of the State's Educational Efforts -- Economic Efficiency -- Land Use -- The Agricultural Growth Trends and Related Causal Factors -- Possible Lines of Future Progress -- The Pre-Ba'th Patterns of Peasant Consciousness, Organization, and Political Behavior -- Introduction: Portraits of Peasants / Ibn Khaldun, Balzac, Trotsky, Father Ayrout, J.C. Scott -- The First Peasant Organizations or the Corporations of Peasant-gardeners from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century -- Sufism among the Peasants: A Source of Political Quietism? -- The Proneness in Ottoman and Mandate Times of the Peasant Mountaineers to Rebellion and of the Peasants of the Open Plains to Indirect Methods of Defense -- The Communists and the Peasants.
Summary In this book, Hanna Batatu presents a comprehensive analysis of the recent social, economic, and political evolution of Syria's peasantry, the segment of society from which the current holders of political power stem. Batatu focuses mainly on the twentieth century and, in particular, on the Ba'th movement, the structures of power after the military coup d'etat of 1963, and the era of Hafiz al-Asad, Syria's first ruler of peasant extraction. Without seeking to prove any single theory about Syrian life, he offers a uniquely rich and detailed account of how power was transferred from one demographic group to another and how that power is maintained today.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781400845842 (electronic bk.)
140084584X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 812174506
Additional Format Print version: Batatu, Hanna, 1926- Syria's peasantry, the descendants of its lesser rural notables, and their politics. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1999 0691002541 (DLC) 98021289 (OCoLC)39024731

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