Irregular Armed Forces and their Role in Politics and State Formation (Hardback)
  • Irregular Armed Forces and their Role in Politics and State Formation (Hardback)
zoom

Irregular Armed Forces and their Role in Politics and State Formation (Hardback)

(editor), (editor)
£82.00
Hardback 430 Pages / Published: 13/01/2003
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Existing models of state formation are derived primarily from early Western European experience, and are misleading when applied to nation-states struggling to consolidate their dominion in the present period. In this volume, scholars suggest that the Western European model of armies waging war on behalf of sovereign states does not hold universally. The importance of 'irregular' armed forces - militias, guerrillas, paramilitaries, mercenaries, bandits, vigilantes, police, and so on - has been seriously neglected in the literature on this subject. The case studies in this book suggest, among other things, that the creation of the nation-state as a secure political entity rests as much on 'irregular' as regular armed forces. For most of the 'developing' world, the state's legitimacy has been difficult to achieve, constantly eroding or challenged by irregular armed forces within a country's borders. No account of modern state formation can be considered complete without attending to irregular forces.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521812771
Number of pages: 430
Weight: 900 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book's editors and contributors deserve high praise for producing what is all too rare in edited works: a coherent collection of insightful, provocative, and well-documented papers informed by history and theory but intent on challenging conceptions of both. ...a 'must read' for scholars of many disciplinary and theoretical persuasions...a powerful intellectual achievement, issuing broad challenges to traditional thinking about core issues in political and military sociology." Journal of Political & Military Sociology
"Scholars have long recognized that wars and violent conflicts have played a central role in the formation, aggrandizement, impoverishment, and collapse of national states. However, the protagonists of these struggles have included not only national armies, but also police, warlords, guerillas, paramilitaries, death squads, and terrorist networks. By stressing the importance of such 'irregular' warriors, the essays collected by Diane Davis and Anthony Pereira challenge much of the received wisdom about state building, past and present. This volume casts a bright light upon the nature of modern warfare, state formation and democratization." Jeff Goodwin, New York University

You may also be interested in...

Modern Greece
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Socialism: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Currency Wars
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
A Brief History of Neoliberalism
Added to basket
Vietnam
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Tiger Head, Snake Tails
Added to basket
Capitalism and Freedom
Added to basket
State Capitalism
Added to basket
The Map and the Territory 2.0
Added to basket
Good Italy, Bad Italy
Added to basket
East and West
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
After Hegemony
Added to basket
£27.00
Paperback
The Rift
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Stress Test
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Shock Doctrine
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Wealth of Nations
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.