Stopping the Killing: How Civil Wars End

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Stopping the Killing: How Civil Wars End

By Roy Licklider
New York University Press, 1993
372 pp. $50.00

A book that can be read either for the seven well-executed case studies or the more theoretical chapters in the preceding and concluding parts of the book, or both. The cases are consistently better than the theoretical chapters, which include such observations as: "The effects of warfare are different in civil wars where possible compromise solutions exist than in conflicts where they do not." Presumably, readers who have seen Gone With the Wind understood that point without the aid of social science. Nonetheless, this book helps in the understanding of the dominant form of armed conflict in the world today.

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