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Specters of RevolutionPeasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside$
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Alexander Avina

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936571.001.0001

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Guerrilla Ghosts in the Mexican Countryside

(p.1) Introduction
Specters of Revolution

Alexander Aviña

Oxford University Press

The introductory chapter contextualizes the peasant guerrilla movements led by Vázquez and Cabañas within a longer guerrerense regional history seemingly characterized by continual state violence and recurrent popular insurgencies. For the material and political conditions that gave rise to the 1970s guerrillas had also inspired their Zapatista and agrarian predecessors in the first half of the twentieth century and continue to inspire their Marxist-Leninist-Maoist successors who wage battle in contemporary Guerrero. The introduction argues that the historically chronic suppression of popular movements in Guerrero produced a subaltern political landscape inhabited by militarily defeated yet durable peasant utopias and longings that potentially could—and did—fuel popular insurgencies. The introduction also discusses sources and methodology, and provides brief descriptions of subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Guerrero, state violence, popular insurgencies, peasant utopias, revolution

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