The Advantages of Being Atomized: How Hungarian Peasants Coped with Collectivization

The Advantages of Being Atomized: How Hungarian Peasants Coped with Collectivization

In that part of the world where political legitimacy is derived from the universal law of continuous technical development, industrialization, concentration, and centralization, the strength of dispersed small-scale agricultural
production and the relative well-being of the peasantry are not self-evident. In a country where for decades an artificially high disparity has existed between agricultural. and industrial terms of trade, and where this has functioned not only as a means of exploiting agriculture to help industrial development, but also of helping statisticians by using extremely low agricultural prices to prove industry’s high contribution to the gross national product—in such a country the high contribution of agriculture to the well-being of the population is not part of the natural course of events.

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