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War of Shadows – The Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian Amazon - California Scholarship Online
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War of Shadows: The Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian Amazon

Michael Brown and Eduardo Fernandez


This is the story of a failed uprising in the Peruvian Amazon—told largely by people who were there. Late in 1965, Asháninka Indians, members of one of the Amazon's largest native tribes, joined forces with Marxist revolutionaries who had opened a guerrilla front in Asháninka territory. They fought, and were crushed by, the overwhelming military force of the Peruvian government. Why did the Indians believe this alliance would deliver them from poverty and the depredations of colonization on their rainforest home? The book tells about an Amazonian people whose contacts with outsiders have repea ... More

Keywords: failed uprising, Peruvian Amazon, Asháninka, tribes, Marxist revolutionaries, guerrilla front, poverty, colonization, rainforest, messiah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780520074354
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520074354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Brown, author

Eduardo Fernandez, author