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Insurgencies, especially in the form of guerrilla warfare, continue to erupt across many parts of the globe. Most of these rebellions fail, but this book analyzes four twentieth-century conflicts in which the success of the insurgents permanently altered the global political arena: the Maoists in China against Chiang Kai-shek and the Japanese in the 1930s and 1940s; the Viet Minh in French Indochina from 1945 to 1954; Castro's followers against Batista in Cuba from 1956 to 1959; and the mujahideen in Soviet Afghanistan from 1980 to 1989. The book illuminates patterns of failed counterinsurgencies that include serious but avoidable political and military blunders and makes clear the critical and often decisive influence of the international setting.
The University Press of Kentucky
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978-0-8131-2972-3 (pdf version)
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Insurgencies, Guerrilla, Warfare, Maoists, China, Chiang Kai-shek, Japan, Viet Minh, French Indochina, Castro
International Relations | Military History | Politics and Social Change
Joes, Anthony James, "Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World" (2010). International Relations. 32.
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