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Rural/Urban Relations and Peasant Radicalism: A Preliminary Statement

  • D. Frances Ferguson (a1)


A historical survey of social scientific literature would undoubtedly disclose a tendency (analogous, perhaps, to that evident in popular fiction) toward faddishness. From time to time certain topics enjoy great popularity and seem to attract more than their share of investigation and debate. Such is the case with the study of revolution, which is currently deemed a quite ‘fashionable’ object of scientific research.



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