Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$34.20
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$40.00 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (19) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $3.93   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$23.49
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$40.00 List Price

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Joes (Urban Guerrilla Warfare) looks at the causes, effects, and circumstances of 20th-century rebellions in China, where Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist forces were routed by Mao Tse-tung's troops; Vietnam, where the French were booted out by Ho Chi Min and General Vo Nugyen Giap; Cuba, where Castro overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista; and Afghanistan, where freedom fighters defeated Soviet might. Joes adds a final chapter on the unlearned lessons of these insurgencies, with an eye towards the United States' current military situation. Underestimating the enemy, especially in military leadership, is a common thread. Another is the belief that entrenched powers fail to offer a peaceful road to change. While Joes is thorough in retelling the histories and raising salient points, he fails to establish a strong rationale for why he focused on these insurgencies and ignored others. All rebellions were inspired by the Russian communist revolution; perhaps because the domino theory has been discredited, Joes plays down the original motivator: the communist manifesto. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

""An excellent book that takes four case studies of insurgency in the twentieth century and offers a concise and nuanced analysis as to why they succeeded." -- Alastair Finlan, author of Special Forces, Strategy, and the War on Terror: Warfare by Other Means" --

""Professor Joes' international reputation as an astute analyst of revolutionary politics is reconfirmed by his latest work, Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions that Shaped our World. The work is well crafted and insightful, and it affords a rare level of comprehension to intelligent laypersons, as well as recommendations to those responsible for counterinsurgency policy. The volume is highly recommended."--A. James Gregor, author of Marxism, Fascism, and Totalitarianism: Chapters in the Intellectual History of Radicalism" --

""After nine years of futile war in Afghanistan, Joes' insightful and cautionary Victorious Insurgencies is long overdue."--Jeffrey Record, author of Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq" --

""Provacative, stimulating, and often convincingly revisionist, this is a most useful work."-- Choice" --

""[This book] pinpoints military and political blunders made by counterinsurgent forces that cost them vistoroy, and considers [the] influence of international communities on events. College-level and military holdings will consider this a fine analysis!"-- The Midwest Book Review" --

""Teachers will profit from reading [this] book."--Teaching History" --

""In Victorious Insurgencies, Anthony James Joes examines four conflicts in which guerrillas exploited population grievances, counterinsurgents made mistakes, and foreign actors presented opportunities to defeat counter insurgents. The book's primary contribution is that it porvides the historical context missing in many cursory examinations." -- Military Review" --

""A superb textbook for anyone--student, teacher, or specialist--who would learn from the historical record what makes some insurgencies successful and what factors rendered the ruling regimes unable to overcome them."-- Parameters" --

""...rather an interesting counterpoint to the surge of literature arguing for the superiority of insurgency in the modern world...his narrative is sprinkled with clever phrasing that makes for a read that is anything but dull." -- Brian R. Price, Journal of Military History

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813126142
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)