The Present, Past and Future of Civil War
The comparative study of civil wars has proceeded largely on the basis of the assumption that they are fundamentally of the same type. A research focus on the post-WWII period has been dictated by the needs of quantitative analysis. In contrast, in this 2019 Hedley Bull lecture series, Professor Kalyvas explored the macro-temporal variation of civil wars.
In the first lecture (“The Present”) on 18 November, he asked what types of civil wars dominate after WWII - and why. In the second lecture (“The Past”) on Wed 20 November, he looked into the pre-WWII past, going back as far as the American War of Independence. In the last lecture on Friday 22 November, he asked whether we still live in the present, as far as civil wars are concerned, and what the future might hold.
Professor Stathis Kalyvas is the Gladstone Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.
Watch the podcasts below.