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The Rational Peasant: The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam
The Rational Peasant: The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam
By Samuel L. Popkin
University of California Press, 1979, 306 pp
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In contrast to some recent bestsellers on Vietnam which contain more fire than depth, this painstakingly researched, marvelously balanced, and theoretically important analysis of Vietnamese rural society from pre-colonial days to the present will stand for years to come as a model of its kind. It is scholarship at its best.