An Introduction to Civil Wars

An Introduction to Civil Wars

By: Karl 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.

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Karl DeRouen, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Director of the B.A. Program in International Studies at The University of Alabama. From 2008 to 2011, he served as a Leadership Board Faculty Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences. His work on civil wars, mediation, conflict management, militarized interstate dispute negotiated settlements, service delivery in developing countries, and post-conflict statebuilding has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the British Academy, Department for International Development (UK), Royal Society of New Zealand, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden). He serves on four scholarly journal editorial boards and has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal articles, two books, numerous chapters, and edited or co-edited several volumes. Recent work includes Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making (2010, with Alex Mintz; Cambridge University Press) and The Routledge Handbook of Civil War (2014, co-edited with Edward Newman, Routledge Press).


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

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  • publication date: 12/11/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781452244327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781452244327
  • weight: 422
  • ISBN10: 1452244324

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