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    Daftary, Farimah, Stefan Troebst (eds.): Radical Ethnic Movements in Contemporary Europe. New York, NY, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2003 (= Studies in
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      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-$
      49.95.

      Nation states and minorities resort more and more to violence when
      safeguarding
      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.
      And
      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
      the
      world, instances where political struggles for power and social inclusion
      between minorities and majorities lead to full-fledged inter-ethnic warfare
      are
      still the exception; in the majority of cases conflicts are successfully de-
      escalated and even resolved. In a comprehensive conclusion, the volume
      offers a
      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
      Western
      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
      resolution.

      CONTENTS: Introduction, Stefan Troebst and Farimah Daftary, p. 1. PART ONE:
      COMPARISONS. 1. Regionalism in Western Europe, Peter Alter, p. 21; 2.
      Conflicts
      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 Franco’s 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.
      165;
      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
      University
      of Leipzig, Germany, and Deputy Director of the Leipzig Centre for East
      Central
      Europe (GWZO). He was the founding director of the European Centre for
      Minority
      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
      the
      management, settlement and prevention of ethnic conflicts.

      Review copies may be requested by Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford, UK fax
      +44 (1865) 25 00 56, UK fax +1 (212) 222-5209.
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