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Minorities at Risk: A Global View of Ethnopolitical Conflicts

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Minorities at Risk: A Global View of Ethnopolitical Conflicts

Minorities at Risk: A Global View of Ethnopolitical Conflicts
By Ted Robert Gurr
United States Institute of Peace Press, 1993, 427 pp. $32.95 Purchase

This study, commissioned by the U.S. Institute of Peace, is a comprehensive survey of 233 different minority or communal groups around the world that methodically analyzes their geographic distribution and their economic, political and cultural situations. It attempts to answer questions such as why minorities rebel and what steps can be taken to settle ethnopolitical conflicts. The methodology is quantitative. While there are individual chapters on regions like Eastern Europe and the Middle East, this book will be more valuable for its completeness and scope than for its detail.

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