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Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict

Erica Chenoweth and Adria Lawrence


States, nationalist movements, and ethnic groups in conflict with one another are often forced to choose between violent and nonviolent strategies. Although major wars between sovereign states have become rare, contemporary world politics is filled with internal conflict, ethnic cleansing, and violence against civilians. This book asks how, why, and when states and non-state actors use violence against one another and examines the effectiveness of various forms of political violence. In the process of addressing these issues, the essays make two conceptual moves that illustrate the need to rec ... More

Keywords: internal conflict, ethnic cleansing, political violence, nonviolent strategies, violent strategies, nationalism, modern conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014205
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Chenoweth, editor

Adria Lawrence, editor

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