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World conflicts
Brogan, Patrick.
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[Third edition].
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xviii pages, 2 unnumbered leaves of plates, 682 pages : maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A comprehensive guide to world strife since 1945"--Cover.

First American ed. published by Vintage Books in 1990 under title: The fighting never stopped.

"The first two editions of World Conflicts were published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. in 1989 and 1992"--T.p verso.
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D842 .B69 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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In this meticulously researched book, Patrick Brogan allows specialists and general readers alike a view behind the headlines and news reports from throughout the world, detailing the violent conflicts that now afflict the world, together with chapters on past conflicts that still seriously effect events. The first edition, published in 1989 under the title The Fighting Never Stopped, accurately predicted the collapse of the Soviet Bloc; this new edition provides a substantial update. Each eye-opening chapter in World Conflicts benefits from the strength of the first edition and Brogan's continued research into the relationship between humanity, violence, history, and politics. Organized by country, it provides important statistical data and discusses the historical origins of the tensions, describes the parties involved, delineates the main events of each conflict, and examines the possible outcomes and their effect upon the prospect of peace. Armed with the thesis that the greatest dangers to peace at the end of the century are caused by ethnic animosity, Brogan provides a coherent account of the uneasy peace in Central America, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa, and other current or seemingly-imminent conflicts around the world. World Conflicts is a balanced, forward-looking study of a world that continues to be at war. It is essential reading for anyone who needs precise, detailed information on current conflicts. This work will be an invaluable tool for journalists, libraries of all types, and students and teachers of International Affairs.

Author Notes

Patrick Brogan has spent over twenty years as a foreign correspondent on assignment for The Times London, the New York Daily News, and The Observer. He has reported on many of the conflicts covered in this book.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

An update of Brogan's The Fighting Never Stopped (1990), this work, like the earlier one, intends to provide an encyclopedic overview of warfare since 1945. For the new edition, Brogan incorporates considerable information about regional and country developments in the mid- to late 1990s. The work has six major sections--five for major geographic regions (Australia and North America are excluded), and one on terrorism. The regional sections are subdivided into chapters on each country. Each regional section begins with a general introduction on political, economic, and military developments, the origins of wars, and likely trends. Each country chapter begins with a capsule summary that covers geography, population, GNP, and battle casualties, and continues by reviewing each country's history, social structure, and political development as they relate to the origin and conduct of the conflicts under study. Each chapter ends with a brief bibliography. Brogan, who has reported extensively on Third World wars, relies heavily on newspaper reports, studies by human rights organizations, and US government country studies. He emphasizes the political and social dimensions of brushfire wars and the interplay between local and great power interests. Highly useful for undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers; recommended for undergraduate and public libraries and libraries supporting military studies. W. F. Bell; University of North Texas