Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars (Routledge Handbooks)

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This comprehensive new Handbook explores the significance and nature of armed intrastate conflict and civil war in the modern world.

Civil wars and intrastate conflict represent the principal form of organised violence since the end of World War II, and certainly in the contemporary era. These conflicts have a huge impact and drive major political change within the societies in which they occur, as well as on an international scale. The global importance of recent intrastate and regional conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nepal, Cote d'Ivoire, Syria and Libya – amongst others – has served to refocus academic and policy interest upon civil war.

Drawing together contributions from key thinkers in the field who discuss the sources, causes, duration, nature and recurrence of civil wars, as well as their political meaning and international impact, the Handbook is organised into five key parts:

  • Part I: Understanding and Explaining Civil Wars: Theoretical and Methodological Debates

  • Part II: The Causes of Civil Wars

  • Part III: The Nature and Impact of Civil Wars

  • Part IV: International Dimensions

  • Part V: Termination and Resolution of Civil Wars


Covering a wide range of topics including micro-level issues as well as broader debates, Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars will set a benchmark for future research in the field.

This volume will be of much interest to students of civil wars and intrastate conflict, ethnic conflict, political violence, peace and conflict studies, security studies and IR in general.

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About the Author:

Edward Newman is Professor of International Security at the University of Leeds, UK. He is editor of the journal Civil Wars and the author of many books and articles on armed conflict, security and international intervention. Karl DeRouen, Jr. is Professor and Director of the International Studies BA Program at the University of Alabama, USA. He is author/editor of several books and numerous articles.

Review:

"[U]seful for instructors teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in civil wars, conflict studies, and international relations... Summing Up: Recommended" --M. L. Keck, University of Texas at Brownsville, CHOICE Magazine

‘The quantitative, qualitative and comparative approaches will likely earn this volume recognition and make significant contributions to scholarship...the editors and contributors have provided readers of all levels with engaging accounts of the most current issues, debates and approaches ideal for specialists and non-specialists alike.’– Scott Romaniuk, University of Trento, Political Studies Review

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