War of Shadows The Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian Amazon

ISBN-10: 0520074483

ISBN-13: 9780520074484

Edition: 1991

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Description: War of Shadows is the haunting story of a failed uprising in the Peruvian Amazon--told largely by people who were there. Late in 1965, Ashaacute;ninka Indians, members of one of the Amazon's largest native tribes, joined forces with Marxist revolutionaries who had opened a guerrilla front in Ashaacute;ninka territory. They fought, and were crushed by, the overwhelming military force of the Peruvian government. Why did the Indians believe this alliance would deliver them from poverty and the depredations of colonization on their rainforest home? With rare insight and eloquence, anthropologists Brown and Fernaacute;ndez write about an Amazonian people whose contacts with outsiders have repeatedly begun in hope and ended in tragedy. The players in this dramatic confrontation included militants of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR), the U. S. Embassy, the Peruvian military, a "renegade" American settler, and the Ashaacute;ninka Indians themselves. Using press reports and archival sources as well as oral histories, the authors weave a vivid tapestry of narratives and counternarratives that challenges the official history of the guerrilla struggle. Central to the story is the Ashaacute;ninkas' persistent hope that a messiah would lead them to freedom, a belief with roots in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century jungle rebellions and religious movements.

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/30/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on �eoeQuirks and Quarks�e and the Discovery Channel.Gilbert Waldbauer is Professor Emeritus of Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.Michael F. Brown is Lambert Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Williams College.

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