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The Corner of the LivingAyacucho on the Eve of the Shining Path Insurgency$
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Miguel La Serna

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835470

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882634_la_serna

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To Defend the Mountaintop

To Defend the Mountaintop

Initial Peasant Resistance to Shining Path

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(p.167) Chapter Five To Defend the Mountaintop
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The Corner of the Living
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Miguel La Serna

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882634_la_serna.10

This chapter discusses the counterrebellion in Huaychao, which symbolized the indigenous peasants' violent rejection of the guerrillas and altered the historical trajectory of the community, region, and country. It begins with a brief overview of the historical context in which Peru's counterinsurgency militias developed. After an in-depth examination at the counterrebellion in Huaychao, the chapter discusses how Huaychaonos' decision to mobilize against Shining Path can be seen as a wartime extension of experimenting with forms of extralegal justice.

Keywords:   counterrebellion, Huaychao, indigenous peasants, counterinsurgency militias, Shining Path, extralegal justice

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