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- DescriptionNationalist and ethnic conflict can take many forms, from gecidal violence and civil war to protest movements and peaceful squabbles in democracies. Nationalist Passions poses a stark challenge to extreme rationalist understandings of political conflict. Stuart J. Kaufman elaborates a compelling theory of ethnic politics to explain why ethnic violence erupts in some contexts and how peace is maintained in others. At the core of Kaufman's theory is an assertion that conflicts are initiated due to popular symbolic predispositions -biases of all kinds-and perceptions of threat. Kaufman puts his theory to the test in a range of conflicts. He examines some highly violent episodes, among them the Muslim rebellion in the southern Philippines beginning in the 1970s; the civil war in southern Sudan that began in the 1980s; and the Rwanda gecide of 1994. Kaufman also analyzes other situations in which leaders attempted to tame the violence that nationalist passions can generate. In India, Mahatma Gandhi mobilized an overtly nviolent movement but failed in his efforts to prevent the rise of Muslim-Hindu communal violence. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk ended apartheid, but t without terrible cost-more than fifteen thousand people died while the negotiations were under way. In Tanzania, however, Julius Nyerere led one of the few ethnically diverse countries in the world with almost ethnic violence. Nationalist Passions is essential reading for policymakers, international aid workers, and all others who seek to find the best possible outcomes for future internal and interstate clashes.
- Author BiographyStuart J. Kaufman is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Modern Hatreds: The Symbolic Politics of Ethnic War (winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order) and Nationalist Passions, both from Cornell, and coeditor of The Balance of Power in World History.
- Author(s)Stuart J. Kaufman
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication10/09/2015
- SubjectPolitical Ideologies & Parties
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note12, 2 black & white line drawings, 6 maps, 4 black & white tables
- Weight457 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine18 mm
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