Following the 1952 revolution in Bolivia, both state and international aid agencies channelled capital and technology to regional elites for the development of large-scale cash-crop agriculture in the lowland frontier. In this book, the author examines the contradictory path taken by capitalist development in the region over the last thirty years,

Introduction -- From Latifundia to Agricultural Enterprise -- The Expansion of Capitalist Agriculture -- Frontier Settlement and Proletarianization -- Proletarianization and the Peasant Household -- Settlers Become Entrepreneurs -- Agricultural Cooperatives and Rural Development -- The Agro-Industrial Bourgeoisie, Economic Crisis, and the Cocaine Trade -- Economic Crisis and Social Change in the 1980s -- Conclusion