Civil war is not a stupid thing: accounting for violence in developing countries

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Hurst & Company, 2006 - Civil war - 329 pages
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This book takes issue with two common perspectives on violence and war. The first is the liberal interpretation, according to which war is exclusively negative in its effects and peace is easily achieved through democratisation and free trade. In this view, modern liberal market democracies have outgrown violence, and only resort to it in self-defence. The second is a romantic, utopian view of violence. Transposed into political rhetoric, these two views are often directly opposed, as they are nowadays in Iraq and in the 'War on Terror'. Cramer's book forges an alternative way of understanding the role of violence in the transition to capitalism and a global economy.

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Contents

Violence Memory and Progress
15
Categories Trends and Evidence of Violent Conflict
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Deviant Conditions
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