The Gadianton Robbers and Protracted War

Title

The Gadianton Robbers and Protracted War

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1975

Authors

Hillam, Ray C. (Primary)

Journal

BYU Studies Quarterly

Pagination

215-224

Volume

15

Issue

2

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Bibliographic Citation

Hillam, Ray C. "The Gadianton Robbers and Protracted War" In BYU Studies Quarterly, Vol. 15. 1975:215-224.

Abstract

The Gadianton wars were different from most other wars in the Book of Mormon in that they were internal, often covert, and protracted. They included components of terrorism, assassination, insurgency, and other horrific aspects of war. We can trace similar characteristics from these ancient wars with the current conflicts that are occurring today, especially those in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The story of seventy years of fighting with the Gadianton robbers is told using a modernized perspective that focuses specifically on the methods by which the robbers fought the wars—secret base areas, propaganda, guerrilla-type attacks—strikingly similar to modern events.

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