Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru: Silencing Civil Society (Hardback)J. Burt (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
"Burt's book brings the clarity of well reported facts, so often lost in the thick fog of insurgencies, together with a lucid analysis of events and outcomes. Hers is an outstanding examination of the lethal yet intricate confrontation between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state that had democracy and civil society as its main casualties and ended up in a decade-long barely disguised dictatorship. She narrates and explains an often tragic, uniquely Peruvian story, yet succeeds in expressing its universal resonance." - Gustavo Gorriti, award-winning journalist and author of The Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru
"This book is a dazzling achievement. Jo-Marie Burt offers a riveting, up-close analysis of political violence, the state, and civil society in Peru. This rigorous, nuanced work revises much of the conventional wisdom about both Peru's Shining Path insurgency and the Alberto Fujimori government. With important insights about how insurgencies can exploit weak states and how authoritarian leaders can exploit the legacies of political violence, this book is invaluable for persons seeking to understand the challenges of democracy building in today's world." - Cynthia McClintock, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
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