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A Sociological study of the relations of man to the land in Nicaragua

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A sociological study of the relations of man to the land in Nicaragua A SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF THE RELATIONS OF MAN TO THE LAND IN NICARAGUA By EDGAR G. NESMAN A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE COUNOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 1969 ^,ff.',V.^''.S''''Y OF FLORIDA 3 1262 08666 373 8 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This dissertation represents the results of many years of reading, listening, observing and thinking as well as a full year of concentrated effort in research and writing. I would like to acknowledge the early help given by my father. Glen V/, Nesman, who served for more than a quarter of a century as a teacher and friend of rural people in Michigan. In more recent times I have received much counsel from professional colleagues throughout Latin America, many of whom are working for the promotion of agrarian reform, I am also indebted to thousands of farmers in various parts of Latin America and especially to hundreds of those in Nicaragua, who have shared with me their problems and preoccupations, as well as their joys and aspirations. Both the wealthy and the poor have been kind enough to tell me of the intricate web of rela- tionships that they have with the land that they love and on which they live. During my period of study at the University of Florida, Professor T, Lynn Smith has been both an in- spiring teacher and a constant guide in this study. With- out his help this dissertation would not have been possible. 11 Many others have been instrijmental in aiding me see the importance of particular aspects of this study. I would like especially to mention the following: Dr. Joseph S. Vandiver and Dr. Wilbur Bock of the department of sociology; Dr. Raymond Crist of the department of geography; and Dr. E. Shaw Grigsby of the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service. All five of those mentioned h

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