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Geopolitical Themes in Contemporary Asian Revolutions

R. W. McColl
Geographical Review
Vol. 65, No. 3 (Jul., 1975), pp. 301-310
DOI: 10.2307/213530
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/213530
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Abstract

Consistent political geographical patterns can be identified for contemporary Asian revolutionary movements, making many of their activities predictable. These include the insurgents' emphasis on the use of intellectuals and youth, their increasing focus on the primate cities rather than on rural areas, and a more select division of rural bases into political categories of mass bases, focos, and liberated areas. Modern electronic warfare and improved weapons have forced reliance on terror and on the creation of international sympathy in place of clashes on the battlefield. Thus a new equation seems to have evolved that stresses careful and imaginative leadership in the use of national political geography and that plays down the purely charismatic politician.

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