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Om the outside world but later emerged as the most radical and dogmatic expression of Marxist revolution in the Hemisphere. A collection of academic papers on the infamous Peruvian communist terrorist group Sendero Luminoso or Shining Path For someone who knows Peru and takes interest in these things it s an interesting read It was printed in 93 and so if it lacks anything it s a up to date analysis especially the Fujimori years and capture of its leader Abimael Guzman The group became really powerful during the eighties largely because the government underestimated it and had its own abuses and corruption when they finally did pursue the extremists The extremists were a part of PCP or Communist Party of Peru until the party kicked them out for their advocation of violenceThe papers analyze the history reasons for success reasons it didn t have success ideologies and leaders of the group It s exhaustively researched with sources cited and very insightful too The version I read needs some serious line editing Spelling errors everywhere but I could understand it Still it s like they translated it then didn t even bother to look at it

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The Shining Path of Peru

This is the first book in English to provide a truly comprehensive view of Shining Path Sendero Luminoso a major guerilla. Nothing in Peru s past however prepared the country for Shining PathEvery once in a while someone comes along to change history making an impact His name is Abimael Guzm n Reynoso FASCINATING My dad is Peruvian and he has never told me about this

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Movement in Peru Sendero 's Maoist principles first begin in the 1960s with a small band of supporters and no attention fr. I read this book a year ago It is a typical anti Communist Senderologist book but presents a relatively nuanced approach to the topic The Communist Party of Peru or famously known by the ominous name The Shining Path Sendero Luminoso in Spanish remains arguably one of the most reviled Guerrilla movements in recent memory but it is also one of the most important in history as well Abimael Guzman or Presidente Gonzalo as he was referred in Peru is a Founding Father of Marxism Leninism Maoism as a political ideology Although this work does not address the importance of MLM in the Peruvian experience it does touch on some important themes It claims the Shining Path was dogmatic a misunderstanding of the importance of ideology for the Peruvian Maoists who in practice has adhered to Communist principles in a much principled fashion than the Nepalese and Filipinos both who sought to make reproachments to political reactionaries In the case of the Nepalese the monarchy and then later the bourgeois parties in the Filipino case the Soviet Union In contrast Sendero Luminoso stood against the world literally besides the small international Maoist following it had in the RIM It stood emphatically against not only the Chinese and the Soviet revisionists but the Cubans and Nicaraguans as well It stands as a group that received absolutely no outside foreign aid and was still close to toppling the Peruvian government on the eve of the capture of Abimael Guzman in 1992At a time when Communism was on the decline in much of the world the Peruvian Maoists stood as an ideological bulwark that ran against the growing postmodernist defeatist language of the Zapatistas and others who declared an end to history and no grand narratives The demonization of the Shining Path is a testament to its military success against the Peruvian government and the danger it posed to imperialism around the world because it was a direct inspiration for the Communist Party of Nepal Maoist and other Communists who would go to found the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement with it s blessingsPalmer s volume stresses the peculiar circumstances that surrounded the People s War in Peru that made it an anomaly1 The Shining Path for all intents and purposes was the smallest political party in the Peruvian Left with 3000 Party cadre at it s height2 It s base area was not in the large universities of the capital of Peru but in a backwater university in Ayacucho Province for this reason many of the rivals of the Shining Path viewed them as a bunch of crazy Indians 3 It launched it s People s War on the very day of the first elections in Peru in decades of military dictatorship


5 thoughts on “The Shining Path of Peru

  1. says:

    Nothing in Peru’s past however prepared the country for Shining PathEvery once in a while someone comes along to change history making an impact His name is Abimael Guzmán Reynoso FASCINATING My dad is Peruvian and he has never told me about this

  2. says:

    I read this book a year ago It is a typical anti Communist Senderologist book but presents a relatively nuanced approach to the topic

  3. says:

    A collection of academic papers on the infamous Peruvian communist terrorist group Sendero Luminoso or Shining Path For someone who knows Peru and takes interest in these things it's an interesting read It was prin

  4. says:

    This book suffers from too much compartmentalization Each author seeks to relate their own first hand knowledge during the couple of years they spent in a small village in the Peruvian Andes during the insurgency of Shining Path To the already

  5. says:

    It's a good enough overview of Shining Path from someone who didn't know anybody about SP before but it suffers from the imo most common flaws of academic essay anthologies it repeats the same pointsThere's also no real engagement with people who were part of SP and there aren't any arguments in favor of it I think the criticisms of the movement the authors had were than fair but the book felt one sided as a w