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Author Name:    MITTELMAN, James H. Studies ni Social Discontinuity series

Title:   Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism : Mozambique and Tanzania

Publisher:    Academic Press, New York, 1981, ISBN:0125006608 

Seller ID:   98497

MITTELMAN, James H. Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism : Mozambique and Tanzania. New York: Academic Press, (1981). First Printing. Pp. (6),vii-xxi,(3),3-277,(5). Map endpapers. 8vo, grey cloth with copper lettering to front and spine. A volume in the Studies in Social Discontinuity series. This volume "evaluates the promise and problems of socialism in the Third World. Mittelman investigates critical challenges facing countries officially committed to socialism, particularly Mozambique and Tanzania. He refines the concepts of transition and conjuncture with data on African political economies gathered in seven countries over a 5-year period. This book examines two key conjectures, the capture of state power and the nationalization of foreign banks, in underdeveloped countries pledged to socialism. In one conjecture, the Mozambique Liberation Front initiated a socialist transition; in the other conjecture, Tanzania's governing social forces have not yet engineered a transition. While repeatedly cautioning that these patterns are not irreversible, the author explains why one political economy experienced a transition and the other did not. [...] This study suggests reasons for a country's move toward socialism and points out obstacles to achieving a transition. Chief among the latter are a shortage of technical cadres, bureaucratism, coercion, and the contradiction between a dependent economy and an independent monetary policy." - from the dj. Contents: Part One:Introduction: 1. dKey Conjectures in the Transition to Socialism. Part Two : The Capture of State Power in Mozambiqu: 2. Imperialism and Revolution inMozambique; 3. The Mechanics of Imperialism; 4. The Metropolitan Political Economy; 5. The Conquest of the State. Part Three: The Nationalization of the Banks in Tanzania: 6. Banking and Underdevelopment; 7. Bank Policies inColonial and Neocolonial Tanzania; 8. The Acquisition of the Banks; 9. Com mercial Banking; 10. Rural Credit; 11. International Monetary Institutions and Self-Reliance. Part Four: Conclusion: 12. The Promise and Problems of Socialism. Very good in nicked dust jacket. 35.00


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