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Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars

Edited by: Edward Newman , Karl DeRouen

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415622585
eBook ISBN: 9780203105962
Adobe ISBN: 9781136255786

10.4324/9780203105962
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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.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Theoretical Developments in Understanding the Origins of Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Quantitative and Econometric Methodologies Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Anthropological and Ethnographic Approaches Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Sociological Approaches Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Micro-Level Studies Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Critical Perspectives Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Ethnicity and Identity Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Horizontal Inequalities and Violent Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Valuable Natural Resources Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Demographic Factors and Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Regime Type and Political Transition in Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Religion and Intrastate Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Statebuilding, Upheaval and Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Globalization and Social Transition Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Environmental Change and Armed Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Changing Nature of Intrastate Conflict and ‘New Wars’ Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Determinants of the Continuation of Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Patterns of Civil Wars in the Twenty-First Century Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Military Tactics in Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Forced Migration as a Cause and Consequence of Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Way Forward, or Just Another Tool in the Toolbox? Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Violence Against Civilians Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Duration and Recurrence of Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Interventions into Civil Wars Download PDF
Chapter  26:  International Humanitarian Law in Civil War Download PDF
Chapter  27:  State Failure, Development, and International Security Download PDF
Chapter  28:  How Civil Wars End (and Recur) Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Peacebuilding After Civil War Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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