Prophets of Rebellion: Millenarian Protest Movements against the European Colonial Order

Prophets of Rebellion: Millenarian Protest Movements against the European Colonial Order

by Michael Adas


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Adas explores the relationship between millenarianism and violent protest by focusing on five case studies representing a wide range of social, political, and economic systems. The rebellions examined are: Netherlands East Indies (1825-30), New Zealand (c. 1864-67), Central India (1895-1900), German East Africa (1903-6), and Burma (1930-32). Arranged topically to emphasize comparative patterns, the study analyzes causes, leaders, organization, failure, and the impact on the individual society.

Originally published in 1979.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807813539
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/01/1979
Series: Studies in Comparative World History
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the paperback edition; Foreword by Philip D. Curtin; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Contexts for five rebellions; 2. Causes for revolt: colonial transformations and relative deprivation; 3. An absence of alternatives; 4. Prophets and millenarian visions; 5. Toward violence: abortive repression and the rise of secondary leaders; 6. Mobilisation: symbol and ritual, talisman and sympathetic magic; 7. Rebellion, suppression and impact; 8. Prophetic rebellion as a type of social protest; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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