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.A UNC Press Enduring Edition UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.
Table of ContentsPreface 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.