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T. David Mason is Regents Professor and Johnie Christian Family Peace Professor, University of North Texas.
Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Iowa.
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EDITORS’ INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER
T. David Mason, Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, and Alyssa K. Prorok
PART I: FACTORS THAT BRING ABOUT CIVIL WAR
Chapter 1: Introduction – Patterns of Armed Conflict since 1945
Nils Petter Gleditsch, Erik Melander, and Henrik Urdal
Chapter 2: Antecedents of Civil War Onset: Greed, Grievance, and State Repression
Joseph K. Young
Chapter 3: Identity Issues and Civil War: Ethnic and Religious Divisions
Lee J.M. Seymour and Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham
Chapter 4: State Capacity, Regime Type, and Civil War
Karl DeRouen Jr. and David Sobek
Chapter 5: Transnational Dimensions of Civil Wars: Clustering. Contagion, and Connectedness
PART II: FACTORS THAT END CIVIL WARS AND PROMOTE PEACE
Chapter 6: Third Party Intervention and the Duration and Outcomes of Civil WarsChristopher Linebarger and Andrew Enterline
Chapter 7: Ripe for Resolution: Third Party Mediation and NegotiatingPeace Agreements
Jacob D. Kathman and Megan Shannon
Chapter 8: Negotiated Peace: Power Sharing in Peace Agreements
Caroline A. Hartzell
Chapter 9: Breaking the Conflict Trap: The Impact of Peacekeeping onViolence and Democratization in the Post-Conflict Context
Paul F. Diehl
Chapter 10: The Legacies of Civil War: Health, Education, and Economic Development
Clayton L. Thyne
PART III: EMERGING TRENDS IN CIVIL WAR RESEARCH
Chapter 11: Transitional Justice: Prospects for Post-War Peace andHuman Rights
Jacqueline H.R. DeMeritt
Chapter 12: Gender and Civil Wars
Chapter 13: Exploring the Resource-Civil War Nexus
Chapter 14: Environment and Conflict
Cullen Hendrix, Scott Gates, and Halvard Buhaug
Chapter 15: Trends in Civil War Data: Geography, Organizations, and Events
David E. Cunningham, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, and Idean Salehyan
For those who wonder whether all the effort that goes into political science really yields much benefit, Mason and Mitchell provide some reassurance by bringing together leading experts on civil wars for a substantial stock-taking exercise. Because wars within states are so much more common than wars between states, there is a rich amount of material available on their origins, incidence, duration, and effects. One can always doubt whether scholars can actually generate meaningful theories by comparing disparate cases, but this book shows how a combination of methodologies allows analysts to identify and explore a number of important issues, including the role of ethnicity, the importance of state capacity (or lack thereof), and the problems of bringing civil wars to definitive conclusions.
— Foreign Affairs
This outstanding collection of essays enlightens the reader about the onset, duration, and outcome of civil wars that plague the global community, resulting in massive casualties and destruction. Today, it is Syria; tomorrow it will be somewhere else. Mason and Mitchell have assembled contributions from many of the best scholars in the study of civil wars. Every chapter contains a wealth of up-to-date insights about one of the greatest challenges to global peace.
— Todd Sandler, Chair Emeritus, University of Texas at Dallas
Students of conflict processes must, of necessity, cross analytical boundaries between inter-state and intra-state conflict, uncovering their interrelationships, commonalities, and differences. In What Do We Know about Civil Wars? T. David Mason and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell admirably address these tasks by bringing together top-notch scholars doing cutting-edge research on the onset, dynamics, and outcomes of civil wars. This is a must-have book for all who are concerned with conflict in the contemporary global system.
— Harvey Starr, emeritus, University of South Carolina
With stimulating essays that address why, how, and where civil wars break out, how long they last, why they end, and whether they recur, this book is a valuable resource for students, instructors, and researchers alike. Suitable for both advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, the volume not only covers existing theory and evidence, but highlights directions where further research is needed.
— Will H. Moore, Arizona State University
Review the online appendix here. Provides comprehensive literature reviews of civil war onset, duration, outcomes, and consequences and presents information on newer trends in civil war researchIdentifies remaining puzzles in the study of civil warsIllustrates the broader findings with case-study examples from a wide variety of civil warsIntroduces readers to the major datasets on civil wars/armed conflict and helps them to conceptualize civil wars as distinct processes from other forms of intrastate violenceCovers the leading explanations for civil war onset, including greed, grievance, state capacity, regime type, natural resources, ethnicity, and transnational contagionHelps readers understand the various tools of peaceful conflict management that have been employed to end civil wars and preserve long-term peace, such as peacekeeping missions, transitional justice institutions, mediation, and power-sharing agreementsLinks civil wars to increasing global problems related to environmental climate changes and shortages of important resources such as water and oilIdentifies the major consequences of civil wars for citizens’ health, access to education, and economic opportunities as well as the broader implications for successful democratizationShows how women are playing important roles in civil wars and how their status in society is important for preserving peaceExamines how civil wars are connected in regional contexts through clustering, contagion, and connectedness