The Banality of Ethnic War

@article{Mueller2000TheBO,
  title={The Banality of Ethnic War},
  author={John Mueller},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2000},
  volume={25},
  pages={42-70}
}
  • J. Mueller
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • Political Science
  • International Security
In this article I assess the violence that took place in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda in the 1990s and argue that the whole concept of “ethnic warfare” may be severely misguided. Speciacally, insofar as it is taken to imply a war of all against all and neighbor against neighbor—a condition in which pretty much everyone in one ethnic group becomes the ardent, dedicated, and murderous enemy of everyone in another group—ethnic war essentially does not exist. I argue instead that ethnic… 
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