The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe (Problems of International Politics)

The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe (Problems of International Politics)

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H. Zeynep Bulutgil
Cambridge University Press, 9/15/2016
EAN 9781107135864, ISBN10: 1107135869

Hardcover, 234 pages, 23.5 x 15.8 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Using a new approach to ethnicity that underscores its relative territoriality, H. Zeynep Bulutgil brings together previously separate arguments that focus on domestic and international factors to offer a coherent theory of what causes ethnic cleansing. The author argues that domestic obstacles based on non-ethnic cleavages usually prevent ethnic cleansing whereas territorial conflict triggers this policy by undermining such obstacles. The empirical analysis combines statistical evaluation based on original data with comprehensive studies of historical cases in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Bosnia, in the 1990s. The findings demonstrate how socio-economic cleavages curb radical factions within dominant groups whereas territorial wars strengthen these factions and pave the way for ethnic cleansing. The author further explores the theoretical and empirical extensions in the context of Africa. Its theoretical novelty and broad empirical scope make this book highly valuable to scholars of comparative and international politics alike.

1. Theory
2. Empirical implications I
cross-national test
3. Empirical implications II
historical cases
4. Empirical implications III
5. Negative and atypical cases in Europe
6. Theoretical and empirical extensions - relative absence of ethnic cleansing in Africa
7. Conclusion.