There are currently more than 30 active civil wars worldwide. An Introduction to Civil Wars provides a comprehensive overview of the civil wars that have taken place globally since World War II. The text opens with a discussion of the human and economic costs of civil war, and then systematically examines all aspects of civil wars: civil war patterns, types, and causes; the effect of natural resources; conflict duration, outcomes, and termination; peace agreements; counterinsurgency; terrorism; international intervention; and post-conflict issues. Author Karl DeRouen, Jr. draws on the latest empirical research and major theoretical debates and connects them to extended case studies of current conflict. Pedagogical features -- tables, figures, maps, photos, a comprehensive bibliography, lists of suggested readings, and an Appendix listing all civil wars since 1946 -- make the book an especially useful research tool for undergraduates and graduate students in political science and public policy.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Costs of Civil War
Chapter 3: Civil War Dynamics
Chapter 4: What Causes Civil War?
Chapter 5: Natural Resources and Civil War
Chapter 6: The Termination of Civil War and Post-Conflict Issues
Chapter 7: International Intervention
Chapter 8: Terrorism and Civil War
Chapter 9: Conclusion