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Violence as a Generative Force
Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community
Max Bergholz
In Violence as a Generative Force, Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of Kulen Vakuf—a small rural community straddling today's border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia whose multiethnic population had long lived in peace—into extreme intercommunal violence during...



Missing
Persons and Politics
Jenny Edkins
Stories of the missing offer profound insights into the tension between how political systems see us and how we see each other. In Missing, Jenny Edkins highlights stories from a range of circumstances that shed light on this critical...



Rape during Civil War
Dara Kay Cohen
Rape is common during wartime, but even within the context of the same war, some armed groups perpetrate rape on a massive scale while others never do. In Rape during Civil War Dara Kay Cohen examines variation in the severity and perpetrators of rape using an original dataset of reported rape during all major civil wars from 1980 to...



Achieving Workers' Rights in the Global Economy
In Achieving Workers' Rights in the Global Economy, Richard P. Appelbaum and Nelson Lichtenstein argue that industrial accidents, low wages, poor working conditions, and voicelessness endemic to the vast majority of workers who labor in the export industries of the global South arise from the very nature of world trade and...



Trafficking Justice
How Russian Police Enforce New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom
Lauren A. McCarthy
In response to a growing human trafficking problem and domestic and international pressure, human trafficking and the use of slave labor were first criminalized in Russia in 2003. In Trafficking Justice, Lauren A. McCarthy explains why Russian police, prosecutors, and judges have largely ignored this new weapon in their legal...



A Delicate Relationship
The United States and Burma/Myanmar since 1945
Kenton Clymer
In 2012, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president ever to visit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. This official state visit marked a new period in the long and sinuous diplomatic relationship between the United States and Burma/Myanmar, which Kenton Clymer examines in A Delicate...



The Concerned Women of Buduburam
Refugee Activists and Humanitarian Dilemmas
Elizabeth Holzer
In The Concerned Women of Buduburam, Elizabeth Holzer offers an unprecedented firsthand account of the rise and fall of social protests in a long-standing refugee camp. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the host government of Ghana established the Buduburam Refugee Camp in...



The Image before the Weapon
A Critical History of the Distinction between Combatant and Civilian
Helen M. Kinsella
The evolution of the legal, military, and historical concept of the civilian during...



Life and Death in Captivity
The Abuse of Prisoners during War
Geoffrey P. R. Wallace
In Life and Death in Captivity, Geoffrey P. R. Wallace explores the profound differences in the ways captives are treated during armed conflict. Wallace focuses on the dual role played by regime type and the nature of the conflict in determining whether captor states opt for brutality or...



Making and Unmaking Nations
War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa
Scott Straus
In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to explain why and how genocide takes place—and, perhaps more important, how it has been avoided in places where it may have seemed likely or even...



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