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Before the Shining Path: Politics in Rural Ayacucho, 1895–1980

Jaymie Heilman


From 1980 to 1992, Maoist Shining Path rebels, Peruvian state forces, and Andean peasants waged a bitter civil war that left some 69,000 people dead. Using archival research and oral interviews, this book is a long-term historical examination of the Shining Path's political, economic, and social antecedents in Ayacucho, the department where the Shining Path initiated its war. This study uncovers rural Ayacucho's vibrant, but largely unstudied twentieth-century political history and contends that the Shining Path was the last and most extreme of a series of radical political movements that indi ... More

Keywords: Maoist, Shining Path, Peru, Andean peasants, Ayacucho, indigenous peasants, indigenous populations, violence, political movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804770941
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaymie Heilman, author