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Understanding Ethnic Violence

Understanding Ethnic Violence
Fear, Hatred, and Resentment in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe


Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007740

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  • 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
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007740
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Roger D. Petersen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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