Rebellion in the Backlands (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Jan 15, 2010 - History - 562 pages
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Euclides da Cunha's classic account of the brutal campaigns against religious mystic Antonio Conselheiro has been called the Bible of Brazilian nationality.

"Euclides da Cunha went on the campaigns [against Conselheiro] as a journalist and what he returned with and published in 1902 is still unsurpassed in Latin American literature. Cunha is a talent as grand, spacious, entangled with knowledge, curiosity, and bafflement as the country itself. . . . On every page there is a heart of idea, speculation, dramatic observation that tells of a creative mission undertaken, the identity of the nation, and also the creation of a pure and eloquent prose style."—Elizabeth Hardwick, Bartleby in Manhattan
  

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The author is a huge white supremacist, which is pretty cool. The descriptions of guerrilla war are probably the best I have ever read, even better than practitioners/theorists of said technique. Read full review

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This book should be standard reading for any soldier, any politician and any voter. I read it during a time where people I know had sons serving in Afghanistan. This brutal narrative read like a ... Read full review

Contents

PART II THE REBELLION
171
Principal Events of the Canudos Campaign
477
Authors Notes to the Third Edition
479
Bibliography of the Works of Euclides da Cunha
485
Acknowledgments and Editorial Note
489
GLOSSARIES
491
INDEXES
499
Copyright

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Page xv - This entire campaign would be a crime, a futile and a barbarous one, if we were not to take advantage of the paths opened by our artillery, by following up our cannon with a constant, stubborn, and persistent campaign of education, with the object of drawing these rude and backward fellow countrymen of ours into the current of our times and of our national life.
Page xxix - The first effects of various ethnic crossings are, it may be, initially adapted to the formation of a great race; there is lacking, however, a state of rest and equilibrium, which the acquired velocity of the march of the peoples in this century no longer permits. Backward races today, tomorrow these types will be wholly extinguished. Civilization is destined to continue its advance in the backlands, impelled by that implacable "motive force of history...

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