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Toward Armed Struggle

Michael F. Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

in War of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780520074354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520074354.003.0007
Toward Armed Struggle

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Lima is Peru's capital and is a city that defies idealism. The Lima of the early 1960s was a brighter place. Cuba proved that a Marxist revolution could take place in what was coming to be called the Third World. The principal theoretician of Cuban socialism that so enchanted the Peruvians was an Argentine physician named Che Guevara. Historical connections between Che and Peru added to the theory's mystique for Peruvian leftists. The momentum of the peasant movement sparked debate about the rebellion's ultimate direction. The political program enunciated by the Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR) was nearly silent on the subject of the Indians expected to form the movement's base and to count themselves among the primary beneficiaries of the MIR's revolution.

Keywords: Lima; Cuba; Marxist revolution; Che Guevara; Peru; Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria; peasant movement

Chapter.  5795 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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