This book explores some of the possibilities and limitations inherent in collectivization by examining agricultural changes in one Hungarian village, Pecsely in which the transition from traditional peasant existence to a socialist society and collectivized agriculture could be traced.

chapter |13 pages


part 1|32 pages


chapter 1|22 pages

The Three Villages in the Valley

chapter 2|8 pages

The Land Reform of 1945

part 2|85 pages

Agricultural Collectivization

chapter 3|4 pages

Agrarian Policies in the 1950s

chapter 4|17 pages

The First Phase of Collectivization

chapter 5|5 pages

The Second Phase of Collectivization

chapter 6|11 pages

The Three Collectives of Pécsely

chapter 7|9 pages

The First Merger

chapter 9|9 pages

The Jókai Collective

chapter 11|7 pages

Relationship of Members to the Collective

part 3|68 pages

Beyond the Collective

chapter 12|12 pages

Plot Farming: The ‘Second Economy’

chapter 15|5 pages

Household Economy and Small Farming

chapter 17|6 pages

Networks of Reciprocity

chapter 18|3 pages

The ‘Elite’ of the Széphegy

chapter 19|6 pages

The Invisible Population

chapter 21|6 pages

Non-Agricultural Labour

part 4|93 pages

The Collective and the Community

chapter 22|19 pages

Under One Roof?

chapter 23|17 pages

Community, Society: Institutions

chapter 24|3 pages

Community, Society: Competing Paradigms

chapter 25|11 pages

The Traditional Paradigm

chapter 26|8 pages

The Socialist Paradigm

chapter 27|5 pages

The Western Urban Paradigm

chapter 28|5 pages

Social Differentiation

chapter 29|8 pages

Community, Society: Voluntary Associations

chapter |9 pages