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Radical Ethnic Movements in Contemporary Europe, ed. by Farimah
Nation states and minorities resort more and more to violence when safeguarding their political interests. Although the violence in the Middle East has been dominating world politics for some time now, European governments have had their share of ethnic violence to contend with as this volume demonstrates. This applies to
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Nation states and minorities resort more and more to violence when safeguarding their political interests. Although the violence in the Middle East has been dominating world politics for some time now, European governments have had their share of ethnic violence to contend with as this volume demonstrates. This applies to Western Europe as much as to Eastern Europe as the case studies demonstrate, ranging as they do from the Basque Country to Chechnya, from Northern Ireland to Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, in contrast to other parts of the world, instances where political struggles for power and social inclusion between minorities and majorities lead to full-fledged inter-ethnic warfare are still the exception; in the majority of cases conflicts are successfully de-escalated and even resolved. In a comprehensive conclusion, the volume offers a theoretical framework for the development of strategies to deal with violent ethnic conflict. Radical Ethnic Movements in Contemporary Europe locates the topic within the current literature and offers a sophisticated analysis of the causes of ethnopolitical violence based on case studies drawn from both Western and Eastern Europe. While the overall message of the book is that there is no single and simple formula that determines the factors that turn a national or ethnic struggle into a violent ethnopolitical conflict, it nevertheless brings us nearer to an understanding of this question in its many facets and also offers an initial assessment of the remedies that can be brought to bear on ethnopolitical violence. Thus, this volume is likely to become indispensable not only within the academic arena for students and lecturers of ethnic conflict, but also to policy-makers and practitioners in the area of conflict resolution. CONTENTS: Introduction, Stefan Troebst and Farimah Daftary, p. 1. PART ONE: COMPARISONS. 1. Regionalism in Western Europe, Peter Alter, p. 21; 2. Conflicts Between East European States and Minorities in an Age of Democracy, Tom Gallagher, p. 31. PART TWO: CASE STUDIES. 3. Ethnoradicalism as a Mirror Image of State Centralisation: the Basque Paradigm in Franco's Spain, Daniele Conversi, p. 57; 4. Chechnya and the Caucasus, Helen Krag, p. 71; 5. International Dimensions of the Northern Ireland Conflict and Settlement, Adrian Guelke, p. 84; 6. Explaining Ethnic Violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Marie-Janine Calic, p. 105. PART THREE: LESSONS. 7. The Use of Force in Minority Majority Relations: An International Law Perspective, Rainer Hofmann, p. 133; 8. Third Party Mediation in Violent Ethnic Conflicts, Norbert Ropers, p. 150. PART FOUR: CONCLUSION. 9. In Quest of Peaceful Coexistence Strategies in Regulating Ethnic Conflicts, Ulrich Schneckener and Dieter Senghaas, p. 165; index, p. 201. Farimah Daftary is a former Senior Research Associate of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany. Stefan Troebst is Professor of East European Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and Deputy Director of the Leipzig Centre for East Central Europe (GWZO). He was the founding director of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany. This book is part of the series "Studies in Ethnopolitics", edited by Timothy D. Sisk, University of Denver, and Stefan Wolff, University of Bath. Focussing on the ethnopolitical dimension of the security and stability of states and regions, this series addresses theoretical and practical issues relating to the management, settlement and prevention of ethnic conflicts. New book : Daftary, Farimah, and Stefan Troebst (eds.): Radical Ethnic Movements in Contemporary Europe. New York, NY, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2003. (=Studies in Ethnopolitics), XVI + 208 pages, index. ISBN 1-57181-622-4, hardback US-$ 49.95. Review copies may be requested by Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford, UK fax +44 (1865) 25 00 56, UK fax +1 (212) 222-5209. Extracts from ECMI Newsletter No. 30 - October 2003 Contact : grahmann [at] ecmi.de

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