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  • China is transforming from an agrarian to an industrial economy.
  • We were agrarian, unsophisticated, industrious people, Jews and Christians alike, whose lives revolved around family, our religious calendars, and the seasons of sowing and reaping.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He was a southern agrarian, rooted in the rich, black soil of the Carolina midlands.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Despoiled and exploited like the South, and like it, a poverty-ridden, agrarian, feudal society, Poland has shared with the Old South one bulwark against its immemorial humiliation, and that is pride.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • There in the Middle and Southwest had lived a simple agrarian folk who had not changed with industry, who had not farmed with machines or known the power and danger of machines in private hands.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Communism and agrarian law think that they solve the second problem.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The old ones, they’re agrarian types, you know.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The Somali Bantu were sometimes referred to by Somalis as the "ooji"—from the Italian word oggi, meaning "today"—for their perceived inability to think beyond the moment, a misunderstanding rooted in the different way the agrarian Somali Bantu conceived of time.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • That is an agrarian reform which means something.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Now, gentlemen, in square-sail brigs and three-masted ships, well-nigh as large and stout as any that ever sailed out of your old Callao to far Manilla; this Lakeman, in the land-locked heart of our America, had yet been nurtured by all those agrarian freebooting impressions popularly connected with the open ocean.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Even my "nonpolitical" novel, Bless Me, Ultima, has moved people to explore the roots of their agrarian, Mexicano way of life.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • It’s a landlocked and impoverished country with an agrarian economy that exports excellent coffee and tea and not much else — a land of dwindling forests that still has lovely rustic landscapes.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • But evidently Pavel took an even gloomier view than the censor who urged Voskoboinikov to moderate his passionate views on the agrarian problem.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Southern states are among the fastest-growing in the country, transforming the region from an agrarian backwater to America’s dynamic hub of transportation, banking, and manufacturing.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Those "most adjacent to the seat of legislation will always possess advantages over others," said Madison, who feared that the South and its agrarian way of life would suffer were the capital to remain in the North.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I know enough about such things to know that the rights and duties needed for a co-operative colony like this can’t be taken over word for word from an agrarian democracy, and they are still different from those necessary for an industrial republic.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • In 1885 he had publicly expressed his adherence to the collective and national economic programme advocated by James Fintan Lalor, John Fisher Murray, John Mitchel, J. F. X. O’Brien and others, the agrarian policy of Michael Davitt, the constitutional agitation of Charles Stewart Parnell (M.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In Poland they support the party that insists on an agrarian revolution as the prime condition for national emancipation, that party which fomented the insurrection of Cracow in 1846.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Agrarian reform ruined things for everyone.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • "I saw they’d got to the agrarian laws of Caius Gracchus, and I wondered if they knew anything about the agrarian troubles in Ireland.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I found by looking at his chapter headings that it meant—— ’The Manor Court and the Methods of Open-field Agriculture …. The Cistercians and Sheep-farming …. The Crusades …. The University …. The House of Commons …. The Hundred Years’ War …. The Wars of the Roses …. The Renaissance Scholars …. The Dissolution of the Monasteries …. Agrarian and Religious Strife …. The Origin of English Sea-power…. The Armada….’ and so on.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • He had never thought of it before as an agrarian reform.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • You have not completely shed that self, that old agrarian self, but it’s dead and you will throw it off completely and emerge something new.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I am not preaching Tolstoyan austerity and the return to the land, I am not trying to improve on socialism and its solution to the agrarian problem.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Also there are a few acres planted in soybeans and cotton, both still profitable crops, and so as you can see there are totally mercenary aspects of the situation—aside from the aesthetic and recreative—that tempt me into lending my hand to agrarian pursuits after 40-odd years’ absence from the barn and the field.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Tres Marias was one of the last haciendas in the South to be expropriated under the agrarian reform.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • So another of the ironies of 1800 was that Jefferson, the apostle of agrarian America who loathed cities, owed his ultimate political triumph to New York.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The two little agrarian kingdoms were scraps in Europe’s carving up of Africa, potential sources of labor and further opportunities for the Christianizing enterprise.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • But when the lands that the agrarian reform had parceled out were returned to their former owners, they were reassured: things were returning to the good old days.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • POSITION OF THE COMMUNISTS IN RELATION TO THE VARIOUS EXISTING OPPOSITION PARTIES Section II has made clear the relations of the Communists to the existing working-class parties, such as the Chartists in England and the Agrarian Reformers in America.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • "I saw they’d got to the agrarian laws of Caius Gracchus, and I wondered if they knew anything about the agrarian troubles in Ireland.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • …thing now that I’m an old man, but I’m not done for, while those poor souls who had the title to my property—my property—are dying of hunger like a bunch of miserable wretches, poor things, it wasn’t their fault they were taken in by that damned agrarian reform, when it comes right down to it I’ve forgiven them and I’d like them to return to Tres Marias, I’ve even placed notices in the papers summoning them back, someday they’ll return and I’ll have no choice but to shake their hands,…
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
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