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International conflict : a chronological encyclopedia of conflicts and their management, 1945-1995
Bercovitch, Jacob.
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Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, [1997]

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xxviii, 372 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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D842 .B46 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This unique study of 50 years of conflict and resolution allows readers to understand every important conflict from 1945 to 1995, and to trace recurring or related conflicts throughout this period. Concise, insightful summaries reveal the context, management, and aftermath of nearly 300 international conflicts. Introductory chapters synthesize common elements and issues across the decades and around the globe.

Arranged chronologically, summaries of nearly 300 conflicts describe the history, circumstances, players, management, and outcome of each incident. Introductory chapters set out basic elements and issues in international conflict and conflict management and analyze the underlying issues, the countries involved, and the management techniques employed.

Illustrated with diagrams and detailed maps of many of the most conflictridden areas of the world, the book contains an extensive list of references, organized by region, that directs the reader to additional information. A thorough index and extensive cross references allow the reader to identify and follow related conflicts.

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Between 15 and 30 million people lost their lives due to international conflicts between 1945 and 1995. Using Keesings Contemporary Archives (1951- ), the New York Times, and The Times (London), Bercovitch and Jackson have identified 292 such conflicts. Their criteria for selection include conflicts between states, internationalized civil conflicts, militarized conflicts, and political incidents. The authors state that conflicts are natural and dynamic and not necessarily bad, but they need to be managed. Several methods of managing conflicts are discussed: traditional diplomacy using bargaining and negotiation, mediation, conciliation, and inquiry; legal mechanisms such as arbitration and adjudication; or political means, taking advantage of regional organizations such as the Organization of African Unity and the Organization of American States. Even though these techniques for conflict management exist, the authors found that 76 of the 292 conflicts listed were not managed at all. A succinct analysis of each of the 292 conflicts describes the form of conflict management used. The book contains a good subject index, but more maps of conflict areas would have helped. The book is essential for all libraries supporting study of current world affairs. K. Y. Stabler New Mexico State University