First published in 2004. Collective Political Violence is a concise, but thorough, interdisciplinary analysis of the many competing concepts, theories, and explanations of political conflict, including revolutions, civil wars, genocide, and terrorism. To further his examination of each type of conflict, Earl Conteh-Morgan presents case studies, from the Rwandan genocide to the civil rights movement in the United States. Along the way, he illuminates new debates concerning terrorism, peacekeeping, and environmental security.
Written in a knowledgeable, yet accessible, manner, Collective Political Violence treats the issue of political violence with on impressively wide geographic range, and successfully straddles the ideological divide.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Collective Political Violence: Scope, Assumptions, and Approaches 2. Trends in Collective Political Violence: Cold War, Nation Building, and Post-Cold War Conflicts 3. Social-Structural Theories and Violent Change 4. The Psychocultural Approach to Explaining Collective Political Violence 5. Collective Political Violence as Rational Choice 6. Macro-Structural Theories of War 7. Revolutionary Leaders and Political Violence: Competing Theoretical Approaches 8. Revolutions: Causes and Types 9. The Marxist Explanation of Revolutionary Change 10. Interethnic or Identity Sources of Violent Conflicts 11. Genocide: Types, Causes, and Activators 12. Environmental Degradation-Violent Conflict Nexus 13. Terrorism: Internal and External Dimensions 14. New Scenarios in Violent Conflicts and Peacekeeping; Glossary of Terms and Concepts Glossary of Conflict-Related Theorists; Appendices; Index
Earl Conteh-Morgan, University of South Florida