Resisting Rebellion: The History and Politics of Counterinsurgency

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In Resisting Rebellion, Anthony James Joes's discussion of insurgencies ranges across five continents and spans more than two centuries. Analyzing examples from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he identifies recurrent patterns and offers useful lessons for future policymakers. Insurgencies arise from many sources of discontent, including foreign occupation, fraudulent elections, and religious persecution, but they also stem from ethnic hostilities, the aspirations of would-be elites, and traditions of political violence. Because insurgency is as much a political phenomenon as a military one, effective counterinsurgency requires a thorough understanding of the insurgents' motives and sources of support. Clear political aims must guide military action if a counterinsurgency is to be successful and establish a lasting reconciliation within a deeply fragmented society.

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"An intelligently written and easily readable work that is likely to become a standard text on counterinsurgency.... A valuable addition to anyone's self-directed professional military education and should be studied by all policymakers, military officers, and senior noncommissioned officers." — Joint Forces Quarterly

"Joes has written a well-researched guide to counterinsurgency to show that with an intelligent strategy based on historical lessons America can fight and win asymmetrical conflicts." — Journal of Conflict Studies

"Joes' research provides a detailed basis for Army officers to gain an understanding and historical appreciation to enhance individual analysis of the current operations from the tactical level to the strategic level." — Military Review

"His thoughtful and informative analysis provides a useful basis for a comparative perspective that has been largely absent from many of the assessments of the guerrilla war in Iraq and America's counterinsurgency policies." — Perspectives of Politics

"Offers useful historical background for analysts and policymakers who are grappling with these same questions as they seek to counter globalized Islamist insurgencies in far-flung places ranging from the ungoverned spaces of the Sahal to the archipeligoes of Indonesia and the Philippines." — Journal of Cold War Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813191706
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony James Joes, professor of political science at St. Joseph's University, is the author of America and Guerrilla Warfare and many other books.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : guerrilla insurgency as a political problem 1
1 Guerrilla strategy and tactics 10
2 Some wellsprings of insurgency 24
3 Religion and insurgency in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries 50
4 Religion and insurgency in the twentieth century 67
5 Foreign involvement with insurgency 94
6 Establishing civilian security 105
7 Loyalists: indigenous anti-insurgency 122
8 The centrality of intelligence 145
9 The requirement of rectitude 156
10 The utility of amnesty 166
11 The question of sufficient force levels 171
12 Deploying U.S. troops in a counterinsurgent role 180
13 Guerrillas and conventional tactics 185
14 The myth of Maoist people's war 191
15 Two false starts : Venezuela and Thailand 209
16 Comparing national approaches to counterinsurgency 218
17 Elements of a counterinsurgent strategy 232
Epilogue : conflict in Iraq 256
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