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ERIC Number: EJ872453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Dividing and Ruling the World? A Statistical Test of the Effects of Colonialism on Postcolonial Civil Violence
Lange, Matthew; Dawson, Andrew
Social Forces, v88 n2 p785-818 Dec 2009
To test claims that postcolonial civil violence is a common legacy of colonialism, we create a dataset on the colonial heritage of 160 countries and explore whether a history of colonialism is related to indicators of inter-communal conflict, political rebellion and civil war in the years 1960-1999. The analysis provides evidence against sweeping claims that colonialism is a universal cause of civil violence but finds that some forms of colonialism increase the risk of some forms of civil violence. Specifically, the findings support claims that inter-communal violence is a common legacy of colonialism--especially of British colonialism and colonialism by minor colonial powers--but suggest that a history of colonialism has only a limited impact on political rebellion and civil war. (Contains 23 notes and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom