Mark Traugott


On his book The Insurgent Barricade

Cover Interview of January 12, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“After more than 400 years, the barricade persists.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Through the study of the barricade, we learn about the almost ritualized nature of the preliminaries to violent civil conflict and the complex byplay that accompanies the actual fighting, as insurgents launch fraternal appeals aimed at winning over troops whose officers battle valiantly to retain the loyalty of the rank and file.”

On the second:

“The consistent lesson is that origins lie shrouded in uncertainty because they are the result of a gradual process involving multiple overlapping steps, more or less simultaneously undertaken by a number of independent actors, most of whom stubbornly resist efforts to penetrate their anonymity.”