Guerrilla War in Peru's Northern Highlands
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
Shining Path opens with a historical overview of Sendero Luminoso, moving from its origins to how it grew to sufficient size and strength to attempt revolt. Taylor then probes the development and progress of the Sendero Luminoso’s revolutionary campaign from 1982 through 1992, analyzing the factors that catalyzed and sustained a war in which nearly 70,000 lives were lost. The nature of rural revolt and revolution is a central issue to this study, and Taylor investigates particular conflicts in the mountainous northern highlands as a vital case study for guerrilla warfare in harsh rural landscapes.
The wars of the twenty-first century have been marked by the increasingly successful use of guerrilla warfare. Thus Shining Path is a timely analysis of the political and structural nature of such warfare and how it will transform the notion and actuality of war in years to come.