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The Wars Within : Peoples and States in Conflict.

Author: Robin M Williams
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2018.
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In The Wars Within, Robin M. Williams Jr. brings together decades of thought about ethnic conflicts in an effort to better understand their dynamics and to lessen their disastrous consequences. Williams presents a worldwide perspective, conscious that many studies of ethnicity focus primarily on the United States. The stakes of struggles can involve both material resources, such as oil, diamonds, and gold, and  Read more...
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Williams, Robin M.
Wars Within : Peoples and States in Conflict.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robin M Williams
ISBN: 9781501711619 150171161X
OCLC Number: 1038495574
Description: 1 online resource (335 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction. World System and Global Disorder?; PART I. THE COLLECTIVE ACTORS; 1. The Multiple Realities of Ethnicity; 2. The Reality of States and Nationalism; 3. Ethnies: Contenders and Rulers; PART II. SOURCES OF CONFLICT; 4. The Stakes: Interests and Claims; 5. Sources and Precipitants of Rivalry and Violent Conflict; PART III. THE DYNAMICS OF MOBILIZATION AND CONFLICT; 6. From Grievances to Mobilization; 7. From Mobilization to Violent Conflict; 8. From Identity to Genocide: The Problem of Understanding; PART IV. WHAT CAN BE DONE. 9. Avoiding the Gathering Storm: The Array of Preventive Actions10. Terminations, Accommodations, and Resolutions; 11. Peace at Last? Reflections on Paths toward Reconciliation and Reconstruction; Epilogue; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.
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In The Wars Within, Robin M. Williams Jr. brings together decades of thought about ethnic conflicts in an effort to better understand their dynamics and to lessen their disastrous consequences. Williams presents a worldwide perspective, conscious that many studies of ethnicity focus primarily on the United States. The stakes of struggles can involve both material resources, such as oil, diamonds, and gold, and sociocultural goods, such as group status and cultural distinctiveness. Ethnic conflict, Williams finds, can be portrayed as a set of dynamic processes that may escalate from restrained confrontations over limited issues to devastating ethnic warfare and genocide.Throughout, Williams attends to present-day realities and continually reminds readers that ethnic conflict has human significance and lasting effects. His analysis implies that the military and political behavior of the United States profoundly affects whether faraway places attempt ethnic cooperation or shatter into deadly conflict. The Wars Within ends on a note of mild hope as Williams provides an overview of ways to prevent, moderate, or resolve severe intrastate violence.

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