The Myth of Ethnic Warfare

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Political Science
Ingrid L.Stefanovic

The Myth of Ethnic Warfare-KING Russia devolved sovereignty to Tatarstan, one of the federations constituent republics, without any violence. So successful was the process, in fact, that the Tatar model is now touted as a template for how Russias relations with its other ethnic minorities should work. The former Yugoslavia and six in the former Soviet Union -- is more likely to be considered by historians to be part of one process: the wars of communist succession. all sprang from a range of disparate causes: the collapse of federations, the end of authoritarianism, the re-emergence of old quarrels, the meddling of outside powers, political demagoguery, and -- a major catalyst of organized violence everywhere -- plain old thuggery. Kaufman assays four possible explanations. One is the ancient hatreds view, the idea that some of these ethnic groups have been at each others throats for centuries and thus conflicts between them are likely to continue. A second answer is based on the power of unscrupulous and manipulative politicians who profit from communal rivalries. A third looks to economics, arguing that contests over resources can quickly turn poor communities against perceived exploiters and rich ones against freeloaders. And a fourth answer is based on what scholars call a security dilem
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