Anatomy of Rebellion
Anatomy of Rebellion provides an understanding of four rebellions that will make clear the factors that are crucial in the development of other rebellions. Seeking a political pattern in the process of rebellion, Claude Welch, Jr., has investigated four large-scale rural uprisings that came close to becoming revolutions: the Taiping rebellion in China 1850-64, the Telengana uprising in India of 1946-51, the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya of 1952-56, the Kwilu uprising in Zaire of 1963-65.
Weaving the facts of these rebellions with theories about political violence, Welch follows the rebellions through the initial stages of discontent to the explosion of violence to the suppression of the uprisings. He then challenges explanations of political violence, both Marxist and non-Marxist, that other scholars have proposed.
Rebellions have not been studied as thoroughly as the major successful revolutions, although the frequency of rebellions in the modern world is not likely to diminish. Rural dwellers' discontents are still clashing with central governments' ambitions; Anatomy of Rebellion clarifies how this volatile type of political violence occurs.
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The Four Rebellions and Their Physical Settings
The Telengana RebellionIndia 194651
The Mau Mau RebellionKenya 19521956
The Kwilu RebellionZaire 19631965
Natural Disaster and Collective Political Violence
Land Scarcity Ownership and the Subsistence Ethic
The Bases for Collective Political Violence
Incumbent Response and the Actualization of Violence
Imperial Ineptitude and Power Deflation
Village Initiation and Landlord Response
Nationalist Agitation or Incumbent Provocation?
Military Indiscipline and Public Discontent
Leaders Organizations and the Coordination of Dissent
The God Worshippers and Other Organizational Types
Inequity and Social Strain
Collective Action and Social Structure
Bases of Inequality in Late Ching China
Communal and class perceptions of conflict
Kikuyu Clans and Communal Land Tenure
Economic Impetus to Ethnic Rebellion
Alien Rule and the Potential for Discontent
The Manchu Maintenance of Rural Control
British Paramountcy in Theory Muslim Dominance in Fact
Race Against Paramountcy
Service through Domination
THE POLITICIZATION OF DISCONTENT
The Sense of Relative Deprivation
The Uneven Nature of Rural Discontent
The Uneven Nature of Politicization
Hakka Perceptions of Threats to Livelihood
The Intensification of Rural Indebtedness
Alienation of Land and Alienation of Support
Communal and Class Bases for Conflict
Constraints on African Political Expression
The Rewards of Opposition
Ideology and the Justification and Direction of Rebellion
How Christian? How Confucian?
Oaths and Basic Objectives
Muleles Redefinition of Maoism
REPRESSION AND RESURGENCE
Repression + Concession Termination?
Incorporation Reform and the Ebbing of Rebellion
Lessons from Malaya and the Loyalists Role
Ineffectual Repression Inept Pacification
The Continuity of Protest and the Significance of Politics
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