Ethnic Conflict

Ethnic Conflict : A Global Perspective

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Why is it that Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland have been in perpetual conflict for thirty years when they can live and prosper together elsewhere? Why was there a bloody civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina when Croats, Serbs, and Muslims had lived peacefully side-by-side for decades? Why did nobody see and act upon the early warning signs of genocide in Rwanda that eventually killed close to a million people in a matter of weeks? What is it that makes Kashmir potentially worth a nuclear war between India and Pakistan? In recent years hardly a day has gone by when ethnic conflict in some part of the world has not made headline news. The violence involved in these conflicts continues to destabilize entire regions, hamper social and economic development, and cause unimaginable human suffering. And the extensive media coverage of these conflicts all too often raises important questions that it signally fails to answer. This book aims to fill this gap. Drawing on the author's long experience of studying such conflicts around the world and his involvement in attempts to resolve them, it provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to the origins, dynamics, and management of ethnic conflict. In doing so, it helps explain the fundamental question underlying all these conflicts: why do nationalism and ethnicity still have such terrible power to turn neighbour against neighbour?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 30mm | 557.93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 pp halftone plates, 4 maps
  • 0192805878
  • 9780192805874
  • 1,298,607

About Stefan Wolff

Stefan Wolff is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nottingham, Visiting Professorial Lecturer at SAIS Bologna Center, and Senior Non-resident Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. He editor of the journal Ethnopolitics and and the author of Disputed Territories: The Transnational Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict, The German Question, and other books.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Ethnopolitics; 1. The Human Dimension: Facts, Figures, and Stories of Ethnic Conflict; 2. Ethnicity and Nationalism; 3. What Causes Ethnic Conflicts?; 4. Who Fights in Ethnic Conflicts and How?; 5. Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts; 6. Post-conflict Reconstruction; 7. The Future of Ethnic Conflict: Possibilities and Probabilitiesshow more

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An important book for our times. Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Clear, intelligent, full of relevant case studies. An excellent, accessible overview. Gareth Evans, Chairman of the International Crisis Group and former Foreign Minister of Australia A masterpiece of synthesis, a fine tour of the field... informed, lucid, and accessible. Donald Horowitz, Duke Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University Very useful... an extensive and insightful review of ethnic conflicts around the world. Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policyshow more

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