What's it all about?

This interactive learning project explores the transformation of rural societies in the Twentieth Century. You will learn about theoretical debates and can explore issues in more depth through case studies based on anthropological fieldwork.

In contrast to a printed book, you can choose how much detail and contextual information you want at any moment in the presentation, and you can use the various indexing and search facilities built into the package to find information, list the contents of the different sections of the presentation, and gain suggestions for further reading in a traditional library. Each page except this one has buttons at the top and bottom so that you can move forwards or backwards through the presentation in a linear way, and access the main table of contents or the bibliography at any point. You can also jump between different sections and obtain more detailed information by clicking on the hypertext links embedded in the pages.

In addition to pictures, the case study sections offer you video and sound clips to enrich your learning experience.

To start, use the navigation bar to the left, or click on an image

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This project is directed and designed by John Gledhill for the University of Manchester Department of Social Anthropology and the ERA Consortium. Mark Harris is responsible for the Brazilian case study, and thanks are due to Phil Bull and Nick Gould of the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies Computer Support Unit for help with getting the project up and running on the server for the online version. These web pages were produced with Microsoft Frontpage 98. The display should be acceptable on all current browsers, although there will inevitably be some differences between the way it looks on Internet Explorer and Netscape. You will need up-to-date versions of these browsers that support Java in order to use the package effectively. These are available free from http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download/  and http://home.netscape.com/download/. For sound and video you will also need to install the Real Audio and Video Player if it is not already on your system from http://www.real.com. You will also need Apple's Quicktime 3.0 Movie Player or Plug-In to view the higher quality video clips. This is available from http://www.apple.com/quicktime/.   Please note that the Quicktime clips are encoded with the Sorenson video codec and will only play on Quicktime Version 3.  We recommend that you set your display  for more than 256 colours if you can in order to view the video clips at their best: you may experience some problems with 256 colour displays when viewing embedded Real Video clips under Internet Explorer 3, although there are no known problems with IE4 and Netscape Communicator.  Following some hyperlinks in the program will open new browser windows. We recommend you close them when you have finished using them and want to return to viewing the original page. Providing that your browser supports Java, you will be able to navigate using toolbar buttons throughout the program.

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Last Revised: 04 November, 1998 19:50