Newly available with an updated bibliographic essay, this highly acclaimed work explores the Huk rebellion, a momentous peasant revolt in the Philippines. Unlike prevailing top-down analysis, Kerkvliet seeks to understand the movement from the point of view of its participants and sympathizers. He argues that seeing a peasant revolt through the eyes of those who rebelled explains and clarifies the actions of people who otherwise might appear irrational. Drawing on a rich array of documents and in-depth interviews with peasants and rebel leaders, the author provides definitive answers to the causes of the rebellion, the goals of the rebels, and the process of resistance.
Benedict J. Kerkvliet is head of the Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University.
Chapter 1 Origins of Rebellion Chapter 2 Unrest Chapter 3 The Hukbalahap: Resistance to the Japanese Occupation in Central Luzon Chapter 4 Prelude to Rebellion Chapter 5 Rebellion: 1946-1948 Chapter 6 The Rise and Fall Chapter 7 Conclusion