An Introduction to Civil Wars

An Introduction to Civil Wars

By: Karl R. DeRouen (author)Paperback

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the civil wars that have taken place globally since World War II. The text opens with a discussion of the human and economic costs of civil war, and then systematically examines all aspects of civil wars: civil war patterns, types, and causes; the effect of natural resources; conflict duration, outcomes, and termination; peace agreements; counterinsurgency; terrorism; international intervention; and post-conflict issues. Author Karl DeRouen, Jr. draws on the latest empirical research and major theoretical debates and connects them to extended case studies of current conflict. Pedagogical features -- tables, figures, maps, photos, a comprehensive bibliography, lists of suggested readings, and an Appendix listing all civil wars since 1946 -- make the book an especially useful research tool for undergraduates and graduate students in political science and public policy.

About Author

Karl DeRouen Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies B.A program at The University of Alabama. His work focuses on civil war, conflict management and international political economy. His recently published books include Introduction to Civil Wars (2014, CQ Press), Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars (2014, Routledge, co-edited with Edward Newman) and Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making (2010, Cambridge University Press; with Alex Mintz). His work has also appeared in Journal of Politics, Journal of Peace Research, British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly among others.


Chapter 1: Introduction Theme of the Book The Basics of Civil War Civil War Onset The Duration of Civil Wars Outcome and Termination of Civil Wars Civil War Recurrence Civil War Patterns Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 2: Costs of Civil War Casualties Displacement Economic Costs Crime and Violence Education Environment Conflict Management Implications Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 3: Civil War Dynamics Civil War Types and Trends Civil War Tactics Conflict Management Implications Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 4: What Causes Civil War? Approaches to Civil War Onset Ethno-Religious Civil War Conflict Management Implications Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 5: Natural Resources and Civil War Natural Resources and the Resource Curse Resources and Conflict Oil, Diamonds, Illicit Drugs, and Timber Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 6: The Termination of Civil War and Post-Conflict Issues Types and Trends in Civil War Outcomes Types of Peace Agreements Post-Conflict Issues Implications for Conflict Management Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 7: International Intervention Types of International Interventions Mediation Peace Agreements and Military Provisions Peacebuilding Humanitarian Law Implications for Conflict Management Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 8: Terrorism and Civil War What is Terrorism? Incidence of Terrorism Tactics, Targets, and Means Terrorism During Civil War Causes of Terrorism Characteristics and Structure of Terrorist Groups Islam, Civil War, and Terrorism Conflict Termination and Terrorist Spoilers Case Studies Implications for Conflict Management Conclusion Suggested Reading Chapter 9: Conclusion Civil War Costs and Trends Overview of Conclusions and Policy Implications Final Word

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781452244327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781452244327
  • ISBN10: 1452244324

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