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• Provides detailed case studies of nearly 300 civil wars from 1816 to 2014. • Combines the systematic study of war with analyses of trends over time and regions. • Includes discussion of the different types of actors in international relations and presents data from the Nations, States, and Entities dataset. • Considers data describing non-state participants (rebels) in civil wars.

The Study of Intra-state War
The study of intra-state war
Why Are Intra-state Wars Important?

Within the last twenty years, there has been an explosion in the study of intra-state, predominantly civil, war among peace researchers, historians, political scientists, supporters of intergovernmental organizations, and quantitative scholars. After having been relegated to the sidelines for so long by the priority given by both academics and policy makers to the study of inter-state and great-power war, the importance of civil wars is being recognized, and they have become a focal point for both in-depth historical studies and large-scale data-gathering efforts. There are a number of reasons for this sense that intra-state wars are becoming increasingly important. A recent analysis of the COW intra-state war data (v. 4.0) ...

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