The Geography of Ethnic Violence: Identity, Interests, and the Indivisibility of Territory / Edition 1

The Geography of Ethnic Violence: Identity, Interests, and the Indivisibility of Territory / Edition 1

by Monica Duffy Toft
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691113548

ISBN-13: 9780691113548

Pub. Date: 08/11/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Geography of Ethnic Violence is the first among numerous distinguished books on ethnic violence to clarify the vital role of territory in explaining such conflict. Monica Toft introduces and tests a theory of ethnic violence, one that provides a compelling general explanation of not only most ethnic violence, civil wars, and terrorism but many interstate

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The Geography of Ethnic Violence is the first among numerous distinguished books on ethnic violence to clarify the vital role of territory in explaining such conflict. Monica Toft introduces and tests a theory of ethnic violence, one that provides a compelling general explanation of not only most ethnic violence, civil wars, and terrorism but many interstate wars as well. This understanding can foster new policy initiatives with real potential to make ethnic violence either less likely or less destructive. It can also guide policymakers to solutions that endure.

The book offers a distinctively powerful synthesis of comparative politics and international relations theories, as well as a striking blend of statistical and historical case study methodologies. By skillfully combining a statistical analysis of a large number of ethnic conflicts with a focused comparison of historical cases of ethnic violence and nonviolence—including four major conflicts in the former Soviet Union—it achieves a rare balance of general applicability and deep insight.

Toft concludes that only by understanding how legitimacy and power interact can we hope to learn why some ethnic conflicts turn violent while others do not. Concentrated groups defending a self-defined homeland often fight to the death, while dispersed or urbanized groups almost never risk violence to redress their grievances. Clearly written and rigorously documented, this book represents a major contribution to an ongoing debate that spans a range of disciplines including international relations, comparative politics, sociology, and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691113548
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/11/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Chapter 1: The Forgotten Meaning of Territory 1
Chapter 2: Indivisible Territory and Ethnic War 17
Chapter 3: Territory and Violence: A Statistical Assessment 34
Chapter 4: Russia and Tatarstan 45
Chapter 5: Russia and Chechnya 64
Chapter 6: Georgia and Abkhazia 87
Chapter 7: Georgia and Ajaria 107
Chapter 8: Conclusion 127
Appendix Tables 149
Notes 167
References 203
Index 219

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