Lives and Statistics: Are 90% of War Victims Civilians?

@article{Roberts2010LivesAS,
  title={Lives and Statistics: Are 90\% of War Victims Civilians?},
  author={Adam C. Roberts},
  journal={Survival},
  year={2010},
  volume={52},
  pages={115 - 136}
}
  • A. Roberts
  • Published 2 June 2010
  • Political Science
  • Survival
It has become a commonplace to say that war has changed radically since the early twentieth century to the point where civilians now comprise some 80 or 90% of war victims. This proposition has been supported by many writers and academics, some United Nations agencies, and the European Union in its European Security Strategy. Yet it rests on shaky foundations. It is possible that in some particular conflicts nine out of ten deaths are of civilians, but the proposition does not hold up as a… 
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