Violence and the state

Edited by Matt Killingsworth, Matthew Sussex and Jan Pakulski

Violence and the state


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3376-2
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £26.00
  • Published Date: October 2018
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Military Policy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, Society & social sciences / Warfare & defence, Society & social sciences / Diplomacy, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Interdisciplinary studies, International Relations, Armed conflict, Warfare & defence, Diplomacy, Interdisciplinary studies
  • Series: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis


In providing a counterweight to the notion that political violence has irrevocably changed in a globalised world, Violence and the state offers an original and innovative way in which to understand political violence across a range of discipline areas. It explores the complex relationship between the state and its continued use of violence through a variety of historical and contemporary case studies, including the Napoleonic Wars, Nazi and Soviet 'eliticide', the consolidation of authority in modern China, post-Soviet Russia, and international criminal tribunals. It also looks at humanitarian intervention in cases of organised violence, and the willingness of elites to alter their attitude to violence if it is an instrument to achieve their own ends.

The interdisciplinary approach, which spans history, sociology, international law and International Relations, ensures that this book will be invaluable to a broad cross-section of scholars and politically engaged readers alike.


Introduction - understanding violence and the state - Matthew Sussex and Matt Killingsworth
1. War in the Revolutionary-Napoleonic Age: the French experience, 1792-1815, - Gavin Daly
2. State violence and the eliticide in Poland, 1935-49 - Jan Pakulski
3. State violence and China's unfinished national unification: conflict with minorities - Terry Narramore
4. Instruments of state violence in hybridising regimes: the case of post-communist Russia, - Matthew Sussex
5. Crimea as a Eurasian pivot in 'Arc of Conflict': managing the great power relations trilemma, - Graeme Herd
6. Violence and the contestation of the state after civil wars - Jasmine Kim-Westendorf
7. Humanitarian intervention and the moral dimension of violence - Jannika Brostrom
8. Limiting the use of force: the ICTY, ICTR and ICC - Matt Killingsworth
9. Conclusions - violence and the state, past, present and future - Matt Killingsworth, Matthew Sussex and Gavin Daly


Matt Killingsworth is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Tasmania

Matthew Sussex is Head of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania

Jan Pakulski is Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania

Violence and the state

Edited by Matt Killingsworth, Matthew Sussex, Jan Pakulski

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