In this comparative survey of guerrilla movements in Latin America, Timothy Wickham-Crowley explores the origins and outcomes of rural insurgencies in nearly a dozen cases since 1956. Focusing on the personal backgrounds of the guerrillas themselves and on national social conditions, the author explains why guerrillas emerged strongly in certain countries but not others. He considers, for example, under what circumstances guerrillas acquire military strength and why they do--or do not--secure substantial support from the peasantry in rural areas.
"[This book] represents the first real attempt to bring together Latin American case studies and sociological theories of revolution. It provides a useful framework for students seeking to compare the Latin American guerrilla experiences. Wickham-Crowley has produced a persuasive corrective to the views of those who have underestimated the importance of peasant support for guerrillas and overestimated the value of international support--either for the guerrillas or for their opponents."--Richard Gillespie, The Times Higher Education Supplement