Prophets of Rebellion : Millenarian Protest Movements against the European Colonial Order. First Edition in dustjacket

By: ADAS, Michael Studies in Comparative World History series

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ADAS, Michael. Prophets of Rebellion : Millenarian Protest Movements against the European Colonial Order. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, (1979). First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-xxvii,(3),3-243,(1). With a few illustrations in the text. Maps. Index. 8vo, black cloth, silver lettering to spine.

A volume in the Studies in Comparative World History series.

Michael Adas (b. February 4, 1943, Detroit, Michigan).

"This study provides new approaches to the writing of comparative history and to the analysis of social protest movements, by combining five case studies with other evidence on millennial movements, Michael Adas constructs a framework for the study of the relationship between millenarian expectations, prophetic leaders, and violent social protest.

The participants in these rebellions sought to change unacceptable sociocultural systems by extralegal means rather than by constitutional methods, by force rather than by reform, withdrawal, or passive resistance. Each of the groups mounted a rebellion aimed at the overthrow not only of the political regime but also of the existing sociocultural order. The author views these rebellions from the perspectives of both the colonizer incumbents and the participants themselves. He analyzes the causes which give rise to these movements of protest gainstst the changes and dislocations engendered by European conquest and colonization of diverse societies in Africa, Asia, and Oceania. He moves from an examination of causation to a consideration of the factors that influenced the mode of protest that was adopted and he discusses the techniques of organization, ritual, and magic that were used to offset European technological superiority. He pays special attention to the careers of the prophets who played central roles in these movements and to the importance of their millenarian visions as catalysts of protests. The work concludes with a discussion of the patterns displayed by the actual revolts, the campaigns of repression launched by the Europeans, and the historical legacy of these movements.

The five rebellions that Michael Adas examines in this study are: the revolt led by Prince Dipanagara in the Netnerlands East Indies (1825-1830), the Pai Maire or Hau Hau movement of the Maoris of New Zealand (1864-c. 1867), the Birsa disturbance among the Mundas of Chota Nagpur in east-central India (1890-1900), the Maji Maji rebellions in German East Africa (1905-1906), and the Saya San uprisings in Burma (1930-1932)." (from the dj).

Contents :
Foreword by Philip D. Curtin;
Introduction;
1. Contexts for five rebellions;
2. Causes for revolt: colonial transformations and relative deprivation;
3. An absence of alternatives;
4. Prophets and millenarian visions;
5. Toward violence: abortive repression and the rise of secondary leaders;
6. Mobilisation: symbol and ritual, talisman and sympathetic magic;
7. Rebellion, suppression and impact;
8. Prophetic rebellion as a type of social protest.
With end-notes, bibliography and index.

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Title: Prophets of Rebellion : Millenarian Protest Movements against the European Colonial Order. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: ADAS, Michael Studies in Comparative World History series

Categories: 888,

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1979, ISBN:0807813532:

ISBN Number: 0807813532

ISBN Number 13: 9780807813539

Seller ID: 113478

Keywords: MILLENNARIANISM NATIVE RACES COLONIALISM COLONIES CASE STUDIES EUROPE EUROPEAN REBELLIONS HISTORY AFRICAN NZ,