In the Shadow of Violence

The Politics of Armed Groups

Klaus Schlichte

In the Shadow of Violence

Klaus Schlichte

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8
Paper $42.00 ISBN: 9783593388175 Published July 2009

As civil wars and insurgencies rage around the globe, Klaus Schlichte’s In the Shadow of Violence addresses a crucial question: why do some groups succeed in violently seizing and holding power while others fail? What makes for a successful non-state armed force? Arguing that success rests on the ability of these groups to transform the power of violence into legitimate domination, both inside their ranks and in the larger society, Schlichte explores the techniques and strategies they employ—and the long shadow of violence they must overcome along the way.

1. Armed Groups as Figurations 

2. First Movers? The Formation of Armed Groups 

3. The Shadow of Violence 

4. Basic Legitimacy and Charismatic Cycles 

5. Finance and Reproduction 

6. Hierarchy and Organization 

7. Armed Groups, the State, and World Politics 
List of war actors in data base
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