External Resources and Indiscriminate Violence: Evidence from German-Occupied Belarus

  title={External Resources and Indiscriminate Violence: Evidence from German-Occupied Belarus},
  author={Yuri M. Zhukov},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={54 - 97}
  • Y. Zhukov
  • Published 10 January 2017
  • Political Science
  • World Politics
Within a single conflict, the scale of government violence against civilians can vary greatly—from mass atrocities in one village to eerie restraint in the next. This article argues that the scale of anticivilian violence depends on a combatant’s relative dependence on local and external sources of support. External resources make combatants less dependent on the local population, yet create perverse incentives for how the population is to be treated. Efforts by the opposition to interdict the… 

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