304 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 8 halftones, 3 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7219-2
Published: March 2012
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8263-4
Published: March 2012
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Drawing on archival materials and ethnographic field work, La Serna argues that historically rooted and locally specific power relations, social conflicts, and cultural understandings shaped the responses of indigenous peasants to the insurgency. In Chuschi, the guerrillas found indigenous support for the movement and dreamed of sparking a worldwide Maoist revolution. In Huaychao, by contrast, villagers rose up against Shining Path forces, precipitating more violence and feeding an international uproar that took on political significance for Peru during the Cold War. The Corner of the Living illuminates both the stark realities of life for the rural poor everywhere and why they may or may not choose to mobilize around a revolutionary cause.
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About the Author
Miguel La Serna is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information about Miguel La Serna, visit the Author Page.
“Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.”--Choice
“Well written, engaging and accessible. . . . La Serna has produced a work that will stand as a key source for understanding Peru’s Shining Path war and indigenous peasants’ complex participation in the conflict.”--Canadian Journal of History
"Engagingly written and well-researched, La Serna's book is an invaluable contribution for understanding the rise of the Shining Path and communities' responses to it.--"The Americas
“La Serna’s argument is compelling and persuasive. . . . The writing is vivid, the research impressive, and the analysis lucid.”--Steve Stern, The Historian
“Represents a major and original contribution.”--Journal of Latin American Studies
"La Serna's archival research and field work are impressive and his writing is strong and confident. With lucid analysis, cutting-edge research, and a fascinating topic, this book is at the forefront of its field and will be of interest to all students of Latin America."--Charles Walker, University of California, Davis
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