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The Field of Conflict and Postconflict Reconstruction: Background and Issues
The field of conflict and postconflict reconstruction: Background and issues

History is replete with accounts of wars between the members of various types of social groupings, wars usually fought by the warriors or soldiers of the opposing groups, with differing proportions of civilian casualties and varying degrees of destruction of property and environment. In addition, empires such as the Greek and Roman embarked on the invasion and conquest of territories, seeking bounty and slaves. The age of imperialism also resulted in a high level of conflict. Then, in recent centuries in Europe and increasingly elsewhere, wars between nation-states became a familiar phenomenon, with increasing numbers of civilian deaths and destruction of property and infrastructure as ...

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