1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars

Edited By Edward Newman, Karl DeRouen, Jr. Copyright 2014
    406 Pages
    by Routledge

    406 Pages
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive new Handbook explores the significance and nature of armed intrastate conflict and civil war in the modern world.

    Civil wars and intrastate conflict represent the principal form of organised violence since the end of World War II, and certainly in the contemporary era. These conflicts have a huge impact and drive major political change within the societies in which they occur, as well as on an international scale. The global importance of recent intrastate and regional conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nepal, Cote d'Ivoire, Syria and Libya – amongst others – has served to refocus academic and policy interest upon civil war.

    Drawing together contributions from key thinkers in the field who discuss the sources, causes, duration, nature and recurrence of civil wars, as well as their political meaning and international impact, the Handbook is organised into five key parts:

    • Part I: Understanding and Explaining Civil Wars: Theoretical and Methodological Debates

    • Part II: The Causes of Civil Wars

    • Part III: The Nature and Impact of Civil Wars

    • Part IV: International Dimensions

    • Part V: Termination and Resolution of Civil Wars

    Covering a wide range of topics including micro-level issues as well as broader debates, Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars will set a benchmark for future research in the field.

    This volume will be of much interest to students of civil wars and intrastate conflict, ethnic conflict, political violence, peace and conflict studies, security studies and IR in general.

    1. Introduction, Edward Newman and Karl DeRouen Jr.  Part I. Understanding and Explaining Civil Wars: Theoretical and Methodological Debates  2. Theoretical Developments in Understanding the Origins of Civil War, Peter Wallensteen  3. Quantitative and Econometric Methodologies, Govinda Clayton  4. Anthropological and Ethnographic Approaches, Paul Richards  5. Sociological Approaches, Siniša Malešević and Niall Ó Dochartaigh  6. Micro-level Studies, Nils B. Weidmann  7. Critical Perspectives, Richard Jackson  Part II. The Causes of Civil Wars  8. Ethnicity and Identity Conflict, Neal G. Jesse  9. Horizontal Inequalities and Violent Conflict: Conceptual and Empirical Linkages, Arnim Langer and Frances Stewart  10. Valuable Natural Resources, Päivi Lujala  11. Demographic Factors and Civil War, Gudrun Østby and Henrik Urdal  12. Regime Type and Political Transition in Civil War, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch and Håvard Hegre  13. Religion and Intrastate Conflict, Jonathan Fox  14. Statebuilding, Upheaval and Civil War, Edward Newman  15. Globalization and Social Transition, Gerald Schneider  16. Environmental Change and Armed Conflict, Halvard Buhaug and Hanne Seter  Part III. The Nature and Impact of Civil Wars  17. The Changing Nature of Intrastate Conflict and ‘New Wars’, Caroline Kennedy and Tom Waldman  18. The Determinants of the Continuation of Civil War, Isabelle Duyvesteyn  19. Patterns of Civil Wars in the 21st Century: The Decline of Civil War?, Meredith Reid Sarkees  20. Military Tactics in Civil War, Erin M. Kearns and Joseph K. Young  21. Forced Migration as a Cause and Consequence of Civil War, Idean Salehyan  22. The Way Forward, or Just Another Tool in the Toolbox? Social Media and What it Means for Conflict Researchers, Thomas Zeitzoff  23. Violence against Civilians, Lisa Hultman  24. The Duration and Recurrence of Civil War, Karl DeRouen Jr.  Part IV. International Dimensions  25. Interventions into Civil Wars: Literature, Contemporary Policy and Future Research, Patrick M. Regan  26. International Humanitarian Law in Civil War, Emily Hencken Ritter  27. State Failure, Development and International Security: The Challenges of Intervening in Fragile States, David Carment, Joe Landry and Yiagadeesen Samy  Part V. Termination and Resolution of Civil Wars  28. How Civil Wars End (and Recur), Joakim Kreutz  29. Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars, Isak Svensson  30. Peacebuilding after Civil War, Caroline A. Hartzell


    Edward Newman is Professor of International Security at the University of Leeds, UK. He is editor of the journal Civil Wars and the author of many books and articles on armed conflict, security and international intervention. Karl DeRouen, Jr. is Professor and Director of the International Studies BA Program at the University of Alabama, USA. He is author/editor of several books and numerous articles.

    "[U]seful for instructors teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in civil wars, conflict studies, and international relations... Summing Up: Recommended" --M. L. Keck, University of Texas at Brownsville, CHOICE Magazine