Understanding political violence is a principal preoccupation for anyone interested in politics, professional politicians and social scientists alike, which explains why in recent years there has been an influx of books on the topic of political violence, widely defined. The proliferation of interest in political violence in academic circles is to be welcomed. In particular the empirically-driven output from sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists and political scientists has been relentless, impressive in its quantity if not always its quality.
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