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Disrupted Landscapes

State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania

Stefan Dorondel

252 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-120-6 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Published (March 2016)

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“This is clearly the best study on the environmental history of Romania published to date. It is a paragon of vivid, illustrative, and intimate local history combined with an international outlook.” · Joachim Radkau, Universität Bielefeld

“Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Disrupted Landscapes takes a broad view of the transformations taking place in rural Romania in the first part of the 2000s. It presents one of the most finely granulated pictures of the workings of power in rural settings.” · Diana Mincyte, New York City College of Technology

The fall of the Soviet Union was a transformative event for the national political economies of Eastern Europe, leading not only to new regimes of ownership and development but to dramatic changes in the natural world itself. This painstakingly researched volume focuses on the emblematic case of postsocialist Romania, in which the transition from collectivization to privatization profoundly reshaped the nation’s forests, farmlands, and rivers. From bureaucrats abetting illegal deforestation to peasants opposing government agricultural policies, it reveals the social and political mechanisms by which neoliberalism was introduced into the Romanian landscape.

Stefan Dorondel is a Senior Researcher at the Francisc Rainer Institute of Anthropology Bucharest. He holds doctorates in History and Ethnology from Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, and in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt University Berlin. His publications include the co-edited volume At the Margins of History: The Agrarian Question in Southeast Europe (2014).

Series: Volume 8, Environment in History: International Perspectives
Subject: Environmental Studies Postwar History
Area: Central/Eastern Europe

LC: GE190.R6D67 2016

BISAC: BUS099000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS/Environmental Economics; POL044000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Public Policy/Environmental Policy; HIS010010 HISTORY/Europe/Eastern

BIC: KCN Environmental economics; RNT Social impact of environmental issues




Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Figures
Preface
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Privatizing the State and the Transformation of the Agrarian Landscape

Chapter 1. Dragomiresti and Dragova: Two Centuries of Ecological and Socio-economic Transformations
Chapter 2. Postsocialism as Neoliberalism: Reorganizing Society and Nature
Chapter 3. Bureaucrats, Patronage, Illegal Logging
Chapter 4. Contested Forest
Chapter 5. Waning Pastures
Chapter 6. Fragmented Lands
Chapter 7. Wasted Rivers

Conclusion: A Disrupted Landscape

References
Index

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