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This book presents an insider's account of Columbia's internal conflict. At the forefront are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin American history, little is known about the FARC-EP. James J. Brittain explains where and why this political military movement came into existenc This book presents an insider's account of Columbia's internal conflict. At the forefront are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin American history, little is known about the FARC-EP. James J. Brittain explains where and why this political military movement came into existence and assesses whether the methods employed by the insurgency have the potential to free those marginalised in Colombia. As democratic socialism develops in Venezuela and Bolivia, Brittain's fascinating study assesses the relevance of armed struggle to 21st century Latin American politics. This is an essential title for those wishing to develop a full understanding of the continent. By evaluating the FARC-EP's actions, ideological construction, and their theoretical placement, the book gauges how this guerrilla movement relates to revolutionary theory and practice and through what tangible mechanisms, if any, they are creating a new Colombia.


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This book presents an insider's account of Columbia's internal conflict. At the forefront are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin American history, little is known about the FARC-EP. James J. Brittain explains where and why this political military movement came into existenc This book presents an insider's account of Columbia's internal conflict. At the forefront are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin American history, little is known about the FARC-EP. James J. Brittain explains where and why this political military movement came into existence and assesses whether the methods employed by the insurgency have the potential to free those marginalised in Colombia. As democratic socialism develops in Venezuela and Bolivia, Brittain's fascinating study assesses the relevance of armed struggle to 21st century Latin American politics. This is an essential title for those wishing to develop a full understanding of the continent. By evaluating the FARC-EP's actions, ideological construction, and their theoretical placement, the book gauges how this guerrilla movement relates to revolutionary theory and practice and through what tangible mechanisms, if any, they are creating a new Colombia.

30 review for Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP

  1. 4 out of 5

    Josh Sykes

    I wrote a review of this book here: http://www.fightbacknews.org/2010/2/6... I wrote a review of this book here: http://www.fightbacknews.org/2010/2/6...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ash Ponders

    It's fine. Not exactly a page turner, but if you need to know about the Farc, this will get you a long way towards understanding.

  3. 5 out of 5

    C

    "For Colombia solidarity activists, Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia is a tool. In the battle of ideas against all of the U.S. ruling class justifications for continuing to give billions of dollars to the Uribe regime through Plan Colombia, or in opposition to the U.S. escalation in Colombia through its seven newly acquired military bases, this book is a weapon. For anyone doing anti-intervention organizing, whether around Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, the Philippines or any place where t "For Colombia solidarity activists, Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia is a tool. In the battle of ideas against all of the U.S. ruling class justifications for continuing to give billions of dollars to the Uribe regime through Plan Colombia, or in opposition to the U.S. escalation in Colombia through its seven newly acquired military bases, this book is a weapon. For anyone doing anti-intervention organizing, whether around Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, the Philippines or any place where the U.S. is oppressing the people of the world and where the people are resisting by any means necessary, this book provides a valuable case-study. Brittain concludes his Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia with a quote from a campesino who he asked if the FARC would succeed in its revolutionary endeavors. The campesino answers, saying, 'The FARC are and have been winning for a long time…I would never say that the FARC will lose, but I will certainly tell you that the state and the elite that repress the people of this country will never win.'" -Josh Sykes, "Book Review: Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP," Fight Back! News http://www.fightbacknews.org/2010/2/6...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eren Buğlalılar

    Mücadele eden bir örgütün sesini duyurması açısından anlamlı ama beklediğimden zayıf bir kitaptı. FARC'ın tarihine, stratejisine ilişkin bir seyler bulmayı beklerken, bölük pörçük bir anlatımla karşılaştım. FARC'ın yeni tipte bir Marksist-Leninist örgüt olduğunu söylüyor ama bunu yavan alıntıların ötesine taşıyamıyor örneğin. Madem bu kadar yamanlardı, niye Kolombiya faşizmiyle barışmak gibi şaçma bir işe giriştiler? Herhalde yazarın kafası dağınık. Kolombiyalı devrimci örgüt FARC'ı merak edenle Mücadele eden bir örgütün sesini duyurması açısından anlamlı ama beklediğimden zayıf bir kitaptı. FARC'ın tarihine, stratejisine ilişkin bir seyler bulmayı beklerken, bölük pörçük bir anlatımla karşılaştım. FARC'ın yeni tipte bir Marksist-Leninist örgüt olduğunu söylüyor ama bunu yavan alıntıların ötesine taşıyamıyor örneğin. Madem bu kadar yamanlardı, niye Kolombiya faşizmiyle barışmak gibi şaçma bir işe giriştiler? Herhalde yazarın kafası dağınık. Kolombiyalı devrimci örgüt FARC'ı merak edenler için daha faydalı çalışmalar olduğuna eminim.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Excellent and extremely well researched and written account of resistance in Colombia. Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adri L

    Simply want to read this because it is by one of my favorite professors at Acadia University. & not to mention this topic would be very interesting. Simply want to read this because it is by one of my favorite professors at Acadia University. & not to mention this topic would be very interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jayden gonzalez

    farc's good lads

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    Tara Freelander

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