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The Logic of Violence in Civil War

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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521670043

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  • By analytically decoupling war and violence, this book explores the causes and dynamics of violence in civil war. Against the prevailing view that such violence is an instance of impenetrable madness, the book demonstrates that there is logic to it and that it has much less to do with collective emotions, ideologies, and cultures than currently believed. Kalyvas specifies a novel theory of selective violence: it is jointly produced by political actors seeking information and individual civilians trying to avoid the worst but also grabbing what opportunities their predicament affords them. Violence, he finds, is never a simple reflection of the optimal strategy of its users; its profoundly interactive character defeats simple maximization logics while producing surprising outcomes, such as relative nonviolence in the 'frontlines' of civil war.

    • The first book to tackle the question of violence in civil war in a systematic way
    • Shows why it is necessary to study the usually overlooked grassroots of civil wars
    • Methodologically innovative: uses a combination of methods -archival research, historical and sociological analysis, formal modeling, etc.
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    Awards

    • Winner of the 2007 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award
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    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521670043
    • length: 510 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Concepts and definitions
    2. Pathologies
    3. Barbarism
    4. A theory of irregular war I: collaboration
    5. A theory of irregular war II: control
    6. The logic of indiscriminate violence
    7. A theory of selective violence
    8. Empirics I: comparative evidence
    9. Empirics II: microcomparative evidence
    10. Intimacy
    11. Cleavage and agency
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Stathis N. Kalyvas, Yale University, Connecticut
    Stathis N. Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale, where he directs the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. He has taught at the University of Chicago, New York niversity, and Ohio State University, and has been a visiting professor at the Juan March Institute in Madrid. He is the author of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (1996) which was awarded the J. David Greenstone Prize for the best book in politics and history. He has also received the Gregory Luebbert Award for the best article in comparative politics, and has been a grant recipient of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute.

    Awards

    • Winner of the 2007 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award
    • Honourable Mention in the Politics and History Section of the J. David Greenstone Award

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