Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World

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University Press of Kentucky, Nov 19, 2010 - History - 336 pages
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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 Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World 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. Anthony James Joes 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. Offering provocative insights and timeless lessons applicable to contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, this authoritative and comprehensive book will be of great interest to policy-makers and concerned citizens alike.

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INTRODUCTIONWho Cares about Yesterdays Wars?
1ChinaThe Long War 19291949
2French VietnamA War of Illusions
3CubaThe House of Cards
4AfghanistanEnd of the Red Empire
5Lessons Learnedor Not

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Anthony James Joes, professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University, is the author of Urban Guerrilla Warfare, Resisting Rebellion: The History and Politics of Counterinsurgency, America and Guerrilla Warfare, and many other books.

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