No Peace, No War
An Anthropology of Contemporary Armed Conflicts

Edited by Paul Richards

“Thoroughly recommended for not just anthropologists but political scientists and international relations specialists as well.”


A rash of small wars erupted after the Cold War ended in Africa, the Balkans, and other parts of the former communist world. The wars were in “inter-zones,” the spaces left where weak states had withdrawn or collapsed. Consequently the debate over what constitutes war has returned to basics. No Peace, No War departs from the usual analysis that considers the new wars mindless mass actions to offer the paradoxical idea that to understand war one must deny war special status. Rather than leave war to the security specialists, these writers attempt to grasp its character as one among many aspects of social reality.

Paul Richards is a professor of technology and agrarian development at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and a professor of anthropology at University College, London.

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Political Science · Violence in Society · Monograph · 20th century · Africa · Eastern Europe · History · African Studies · African History · Sociology · Europe



Retail price: $29.95, S.
Release date: Dec. 2004
288 pages
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