Article

Civil Wars

Stathis N. Kalyvas

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566020.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Civil Wars

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This article studies civil wars. Kalyvas defines a civil war as armed combat taking place within the boundaries of a recognized sovereign entity between parties that are subject to a common authority at the outset of the hostilities. The article starts by determining why a study of civil war is important. This is followed by a section on the various macro findings and debates on civil war. The issue of the relation between a country's rural dimension and civil war is discussed, in order to help illustrate some of the complexities in figuring and sorting out competing causal mechanisms. The article ends with discussions of the types of civil war and the possible future research agendas.

Keywords: civil wars; armed combat; macro findings; debates; rural dimension; causal mechanisms; types of civil war

Article.  9336 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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