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From People's War to People's Rule: Insurgency, Intervention, and the Lessons of Vietnam (Paperback)
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From People's War to People's Rule: Insurgency, Intervention, and the Lessons of Vietnam (Paperback)

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Paperback 456 Pages / Published: 30/09/1996
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Timothy Lomperis persuasively argues the ironic point that the lessons of American involvement in Vietnam are not to be found in any analysis of the war by itself. Rather, he proposes a comparison of the Vietnam experience with seven other cases of Western intervention in communist insurgencies during the Cold War era: China, Indochina, Greece, the Philippines, Malaya, Cambodia, and Laos. Lomperis maintains that popular insurgencies are manifestations of crises in political legitimacy, which occur as a result of the societal stresses caused by modernization. Therefore, he argues, any intervention in a 'people's war' will succeed or fail depending on how it affects this crisis. The unifying theme in the cases Lomperis discusses is the power of land reform and electoral democracy to cement political legitimacy and therefore deflect revolutionary movements. Applying this theory to the ongoing Sendero Luminoso insurgency in Peru, Lomperis makes a qualified prediction of that conflict's outcome. He concludes that a global trend toward democratization has produced a new era of 'people's rule.'

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807845776
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 706 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 26 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
An uncommon collection of ideas about contemporary revolution that ought to be taken into account in designing further research.

"American Political Science Review"


"This study is social science at its best, combining penetrating theoretical analysis, exhaustive empirical research, and relevant implications for policy.

Samuel P. Huntington, Harvard University"


A deeply insightful, completely absorbing, and much-needed comparative study of revolutions, based on real cases.

Paul M. Kattenburg, University of South Carolina


This study is social science at its best, combining penetrating theoretical analysis, exhaustive empirical research, and relevant implications for policy.

Samuel P. Huntington, Harvard University


A highly insightful look at the Vietnam War in comparison to seven other cases [of Western intervention] .

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