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The Gadianton Robbers and Protracted War

TitleThe Gadianton Robbers and Protracted War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1975
AuthorsHillam, Ray C.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsGadianton Robbers; Guerrilla Warfare; Insurgency; Warfare

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.