New Book: Daftary, Farimah, Stefan Troebst (eds.): Radical Ethnic Movements in Contemporary Europe
- Daftary, Farimah, 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-$
Nation states and minorities resort more and more to violence when
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.
as the case studies show, ranging as they do from the Basque Country to
Chechnya, from Northern Ireland to Bosnia-Herzegovina, this applies to western
Europe as much as to eastern Europe. However, in contrast to other parts of
world, instances where political struggles for power and social inclusion
between minorities and majorities lead to full-fledged inter-ethnic warfare
still the exception; in the majority of cases conflicts are successfully de-
escalated and even resolved. In a comprehensive conclusion, the volume
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
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
CONTENTS: Introduction, Stefan Troebst and Farimah Daftary, p. 1. PART ONE:
COMPARISONS. 1. Regionalism in Western Europe, Peter Alter, p. 21; 2.
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 Francos 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
MinorityMajority 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 CoexistenceStrategies
in Regulating Ethnic Conflicts, Ulrich Schneckener and Dieter Senghaas, p.
index, p. 201.
Farimah Daftary is a former Seniar Research Associate of the European Centre
for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany.
Stefan Troebst is Professor of East European Cultural Studies at the
of Leipzig, Germany, and Deputy Director of the Leipzig Centre for East
Europe (GWZO). He was the founding director of the European Centre for
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
management, settlement and prevention of ethnic conflicts.
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