How civil wars start

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While violence has declined worldwide, civil wars have increased. With the exception of a handful of cases – the American and English civil wars, the French Revolution – historically it has been rare for people to organise and fight their governments. This has changed. Since 1946, over 250 armed conflicts have broken out around the world, a number that continues to rise. Major civil wars are now being fought in countries including Iraq, Syria and Libya. Smaller civil wars are being fought in Ukraine, India, and Malaysia. Even countries we thought could never experience another civil war – such as the USA, Sweden and Ireland – are showing signs of unrest. In this book, acclaimed expert Barbara F. Walter, who has advised on political violence everywhere from the CIA to the U.S. Senate to the United Nations, explains the rise of civil war and the conditions that create it.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

‘When one of the world’s leading scholars of civil war tells us that a country is on the brink of violent conflict, we should pay attention. This is an important book’ Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, authors of How Democracies Die

Civil wars are the biggest danger to world peace today – this book shows us why they happen, and how to avoid them.

We are now living in the world’s greatest era of civil wars. While violence has declined worldwide, major civil wars are now being fought in countries including Iraq, Syria and Libya, and smaller civil wars are being fought in India and Malaysia. Even countries we thought could never experience another civil war – such as the USA, Sweden and Ireland – are showing signs of unrest. So how can we stop them?

In How Civil Wars Start, acclaimed expert Professor Barbara F. Walter, who has advised on political violence everywhere from the CIA to the U.S. Senate to the United Nations, explains the rise of civil wars and the conditions that create them – not least when countries are not quite democratic. As democracies across the world backslide and citizens become more polarised, civil wars will become even more widespread and last longer than they have in the past – but this urgent and important book shows us a path back toward peace.

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Weight 223 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.9 cm
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Paperback

Pages

320

Language

English

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Dewey

303.64 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K

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