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BOOK COMPLETE
All 168 stories of the book a Peasant History are now available on this website.
For the table of contents go to the Chronological list.
In the coming period this website will be fully reorganised.

The photos are not illustrations of the story.
They show the landscape where the story takes place.



A little village in Kenya – 1950

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(Photo: SuSanA Secretariat)

Kenya.

'The most beautiful land in the whole country'

Together they walk over the rolling landscape, a white man with a wide-brimmed hat on top of a red puffy face, and a black man, tall and lean, with three deep furrows on his forehead.


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A hacienda in Peru – 1938

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(Photo: NeilsPhotography)

Peru.

The Indian peasant leader

It is a moonless night. Stealthily, two dark figures creep by a row of dwellings. The first one softly knocks on a rough wooden door. When it cracks open a bit, he whispers their names.


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Savanna region, Nigeria – about 1925

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(Photo: Pietro Zoccola)

Nigeria.

Sokugo, the wandering disease

As soon as she sees her mother coming, Sheibe leaps to her feet and runs to her. “Mama, Mama,” the dark girl with the small braids shouts, and wraps her arms around her, “Daddy has run away.”


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A mountain village in Peru – 1912 (1)

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(Photo: McKay Savage)

Peru.

'Saint Isidore, don't desert us!'

After a long day of gathering herbs for his sick wife, the old Indian Rosendo Maqui walks back to his village, Rumi. With a smile he sits down on his favourite rock.


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A mountain village in Peru – 1926 (2)

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(Photo: Alexandertheaverage)

Peru.

Moving

“Dear people,” Ambrosio Luma says in concluding the village meeting, “let us start moving early tomorrow morning. We have much to do, it is already mid-October, and soon the winter storm season will begin.


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A village in Aragon, Spain – 1937

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(Photo: Alfonso)

Aragon.

The village priest no longer understands

I don't understand that boy. I mean, for a long time he has ceased to be a boy, but I do vividly remember how I baptised him.


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The pampas of Argentina – 1916

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(Photo: David takes photos)

Argentina.

My padrino

Amazing, how much I am indebted to Don Segundo Sombra, my padrino, my mentor, my guardian. Five years now I have been a gaucho, a cowboy.


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Burkina Faso – 1986

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(Photo: Hugues)

Burkina Faso.

'Don't worry'

“Oh, Issa, what kind of man are you, anyway? It's going to be all right, but just have a little patience. Mother and I are helping you.


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A village in Zimbabwe – 1996

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(Photo: Alan)

Zimbabwe.

Foster children

“Ozias, come and sit with me.” The heavyset Ozias very clearly doesn't like this request. He is busy unloading reeds from a cart.


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A village in Senegal – around 1700

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(Photo: Xavier Damman)

Senegal.

The courage of the Ceddo

“I will not take another step, unfasten my hands immediately. You think you can tie me up like a slave? I am Dior Yacine, princess Dior Yacine.”


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Mali – 13th century

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(Photo: John Spooner)

Mali.

Father and son

Carefully Nianankoro takes the big calabash bowl with both hands. Slowly, he moves it back and forth, looking into the rippling water.


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More
     The poor peasant and the magistrate - Egypt – around 2050 BCE
     Weeding the flax field - a village in Flanders, Belgium – 1907
     Shadow-puma - mountain region in Peru – around 1920 (1)
     Famine - mountain region in Peru – around 1922 (2)
     'The forest is large enough for a secret army' - Nottinghamshire, England – 1195 - film
     A lizard on my arm - a bush in Australia – 1971 - film
     The icy cold water - a small Hutsul village in the Carpathians, Ukraine - around 1910 - film
     Little Joey - a remote hamlet in Wyoming, United States – around 1870 - film
     Partisans - Mongolia – 1920 - film
     Cricket, a children's game? - a village in Gujarat, India – 1893 - film
     Almost drowned - a village in Victoria, Australia – 1866 (1)
     Birth party - New South Wales, Australia – 1879 (2)
     The poison - Haiti – around 1785 (1)
     Land surveyors - Haiti – around 1835 (2)
     Bison hunting - Prairie in Colorado, United States – 1863 (1)
     The holy forest desecrated - Prairie in Colorado, United States – 1863 (2)
     Simplicissimus - a forest in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany – about 1630
     Whiplashes - a small nomad camp in Mali – 2012 - film
     Deserters - Romania – autumn 1917 (1)
     A shepherd joins the Reds - Steppe in the Don Valley, Southern Russia – spring 1918 (2)
     The civil war is still not over - a hamlet in the Don Valley, Southern Russia – summer 1920 (3)
     Impossible plans - a nature reserve in Wyoming, US – 1973 - film
     'Narayama is waiting for us' - a remote mountain village in Japan – in the 19th century - film
     First farm-maid, then woman farmer - a small mountain village in Austria - around 1910 - film
     Not one student less - a hamlet in Hebei Province, China – 1997 - film
     Reconciliation - Gobi Desert, Mongolia – 2003 - film
     Protection - a small village in Burkina Faso – 2004 - film
     Discord in the village - a village in Kenya – about 1930
     Black or white? - Queensland, North Australia – about 1860
     The young shaman - Mato Grosso do Sul, Southwest Brazil – 2008 - film
     Happy years - a village in Maharashtra, India – 1937 - film


For more stories go to the Chronological list or the Last Published list.

Last update: November 2019.