Publication Year

1992

Keywords

Thailand, politics, morality, peasantry, economics, society

Disciplines

Economics | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies

Abstract

Peasant societies have long been considered an unimportant and stagnant facet in considering the historical development of civilizations around the globe. In fact, peasant societies and economies, historically, are one of the most hardy and perennial features of developing world civilizations. Often these "simple commodity production units" have survived times of great upheaval and change including the collapse of empires, wars, and intellectual and industrial revolutions.

Closer scrutiny of the structures of these societies has led to a surprising analysis of their potential to bring about change. Peasant societies have been the instigators of great upheavals and have helped to bring about some of the most sweeping reforms and revolutions of history. Among these are the peasant uprisings in Annam in 1907 and 1930, when peasants protested undue taxation and excessive demands of corvee labor. The revolution of 1910 in Mexico was also a product of peasant organization, as was the Saya San rebellion in Burma in 1930, a response to a subsistence crisis.

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