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Understanding Ethnic Violence


  • 4 b/w illus. 11 tables
  • Page extent: 314 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.63 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 305.8/00947/0904
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: DJK26 .P48 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Ethnic conflict--Europe, Eastern--History--20th century
    • Europe, Eastern--Ethnic relations--History--20th century
    • Europe, Eastern--Ethnic relations--History--20th century

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521809863 | ISBN-10: 052180986X)

This 2002 book seeks to identify the motivations of individual perpetrators of ethnic violence. The work develops four models, labeled Fear, Hatred, Resentment, and Rage, gleaned from existing social science literatures. The empirical chapters apply these four models to important events of ethnic conflict in Eastern Europe, from the 1905 Russian Revolution to the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Each historical chapter generates questions about the timing and target of ethnic violence. The four models are then applied to the case, to learn which does the best job in explaining the observed patterns of ethnic conflict. The findings challenge conventional wisdom, in that the Resentment narrative, centered on a sense of unjust group status, provides the best fit for a variety of cases. While Fear, Hatred, and Rage do motivate hostile actions, Resentment pervasively appears to inflame ethnic animosity and drive outcomes in the timing and pattern of action.

• Highly interdisciplinary book that will be of interest to political scientists, psychologists, historians, and anthropologists • Related to earlier Cambridge University Press' book Resistance and Rebellion; readers who liked the first book might buy this one; books could be displayed as a set


1. Introduction; Part I. Theory: 2. An emotion-based theory of ethnic conflict; 3. Resentment; 4. Fear, hatred, and rage; Part II. Comparisons (The Baltic States in the Twentieth Century): 5. Baltic 1905; 6. In the wake of Barbarossa; 7. The reconstruction of independent states; 8. Across the century; 9. Czechoslovakia 1848–1998; 10. Yugoslavia.


'… strongly recommended …'. Political Studies Review

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