- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-4489-8
- Pages: 224
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £80.00
- Published Date: December 2020
- BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International), HISTORY / Military / Veterans, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Military Veterans, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Politics
- Series: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis
Life after war is intrinsically political for former combatants. As wars end, societies and former combatants face a period of transition. This book explores the experience of coming home for former combatants, capturing the challenges and opportunities for political mobilization among former combatants as they return from three very different wars: South West Africa People's Organization combatants who participated in the Namibian War of Independence (1966-90); guerrillas from Movimiento 19 de Abril who joined the ongoing guerilla warfare conducted against the Colombian state (1974-90), and combatants from the United States who participated in the Vietnam War (1955-75).
Offering an insightful perspective on peace as a process through the long-term study of the lives of fifty former combatants, Söderström demonstrates how the process of coming home shapes their political commitment and identity. Combining detailed scholarship with interviews with former combatants, this volume serves as a powerful reminder of the legacies of war in the lives of former combatants.
1 Diverse wars and combatants
2 Coming home and living peace?
3 "Veteran" as a political identity
4 Veteran networks throughout a lifetime
5 Paths of mobilization
List of interviews
Johanna Söderström is a Senior Lecturer in political science at the University of Uppsala