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The Politics of Violence in Latin America

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Book Series: Latin American & Caribbean Studies ISSN: 1925-9638 ISBN: 9781552389072 Year: Pages: 311 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Political Science --- History --- Economics --- Sociology
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A reexamination of the causes of violence in Latin America and a challenge to preconceptions of the possibility of change.Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the world. It has suffered waves of repressive authoritarian rule, organized armed insurgency and civil war, violent protest, and ballooning rates of criminal violence. But is violence hard-wired into Latin America?This is a critical reassessment of the ways in which violence in Latin America is addressed and understood. Previous approaches have relied on structural perspectives, attributing the problem of violence to Latin America’s colonial past or its conflictual contemporary politics. Bringing together scholars and practitioners, this volume argues that violence is often rooted more in contingent outcomes than in deeply embedded structures.Addressing topics ranging from the root sources of violence in Haiti to kidnapping in Colombia, from the role of property rights in patterns of violence to the challenges of peacebuilding, The Politics of Violence in Latin America is an essential step towards understanding the causes and contexts of violence—and changing the mechanisms that produce it.

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Politics --- Violence --- Latin America --- Civil War

Secession and Separatist Conflicts in Postcolonial Africa

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Book Series: Africa: Missing Voices ISSN: 1925-5675 ISBN: 9781773851273 Year: Pages: 352 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: History --- Military Science --- Political Science
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The first book to examine the full historical arc of secession and secessionist conflict across sub-Saharan Africa.Wars fought for political separation have become omnipresent in post-colonial Africa. From the division of Sudan, to the continued fragmentation of Somalia, and the protracted struggles of Cabinda and Azawad, conflict over secession and separation continues to the present day.This is the first single volume to examine the historical arc of secession and secessionist conflict across sub-Saharan Africa. Paying particular attention to the development of secessionist conflicts and their evolving goals, Secession and Separatist Conflicts in Postcolonial Africa draws on case studies and rigorous research to examine three waves of secessionist movements, themselves defined by international conflict and change. Using detailed case studies, the authors offer a framework to understand how secession and separation occur, how these are influenced by both preceding movements and global political trends, and how their ongoing legacies continue to shape African regional politics.Deeply engaging and thoroughly researched, this book presents a nuanced and important new overview of African separatist and secessionist conflicts. It addresses the structures, goals, and underlying influences of these movements within a broader global context to impart a rich understanding of why these conflicts are waged, and how they succeed or fail.

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Africa --- Political violence --- Conflict --- War --- Crisis --- Secession --- Separatism

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