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How Civil Wars Start

By: Barbara F. Walter
Narrated by: Beth Hicks
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Civil wars are the biggest danger to world peace today - this book shows us why they happen and how to avoid them.

Most of us don't know it, but we are living in the world's greatest era of civil wars. While violence has declined worldwide, civil wars have increased. This is a new phenomenon. With the exception of a handful of cases - the American and English civil wars, the French Revolution - historically it has been rare for people to organise and fight their governments.

This has changed. Since 1946, more than 250 armed conflicts have broken out around the world, a number that continues to rise. Major civil wars are now being fought in countries including Iraq, Syria and Libya. Smaller civil wars are being fought in Ukraine, India and Malaysia. Even countries we thought could never experience another civil war - such as the USA, Sweden and Ireland - are showing signs of unrest.

In How Civil Wars Start, acclaimed expert Barbara F. Walter, who has advised on political violence everywhere from the CIA to the US Senate to the United Nations, explains the rise of civil war and the conditions that create it. As democracies across the world backslide and citizens become more polarised, civil wars will become even more widespread and last longer than they have in the past. This urgent and important book shows us a path back towards peace.

©2022 Barbara F. Walter (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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  • Komerade Snowflake
  • 01-20-22

sound stuff

one sided on northern ireland, which makes me wonder about some of the other conflicts she discusses, but the principles she raises are interesting and sound

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  • TwoHeadedTroll
  • 11-08-22

Very US centred

There are some useful thoughts here, but it basically amount to an outreach from the US left to the US centre. Non-Americans will find a lot of it jarring, although the central message that the US is in even more trouble than it seems was eye-popping, and the American right will probably find it challenging.

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  • Science geek
  • 11-04-22

Thoroughly interesting read

Despite the somber topic, this is an extremely interesting, and well written and referenced book. Hopefully improving our knowledge in such areas can help us take the world to a safer place

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  • Kathryn Kerle
  • 08-19-22

Essential reading.

The book offers a compelling analysis of how civil wars start, replete with illuminating examples and personal stories. Walter is persuasive and unblinkingly. Her assessment is alarming but also offers useful suggestions on how we can avert disaster. A book all citizens should read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-22

Finding evidence to fit the theory

The first quarter of the book provides a compelling narrative for the author's theory, however, as the book moves onto other wars it begins to fall apart.
The Northern Ireland section of the book is disgraceful. Undermines the entire book. It has the same tier of effort that Malcom Gladwell's Bomber Command has.

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  • Rob Parr
  • 04-23-22

Scary insight into the American future

America is tottering on the precipice. The conditions for civil war are scarily apparent. Society is so polarised, there is madness everywhere and Trump is the turd in the ointment. A cracking read and well worth the time.

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  • Alex Simpson
  • 02-20-22

How certain wars start

I assumed this book would be a wider assessment of why and how civil wars start. However I found it mostly focussed on how right wing extremism coupled with social media might lead to immediate breakdown in the US. Not bad per se, but a little limited in horizon as a result.

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  • Jono
  • 11-14-22

Disappointing

It spent more time pushing what appeared to be a political agenda than it did examining the title topic. Not for those looking for an objective and fully contextualised historical analysis. The narrator was very good.

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