Module Identifier IP33920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Erik Landis  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Erik Landis  
Course delivery Lecture   8 Hours 8 x 1 Hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   16 Hours 8 x 2 Hour  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam 1 x 2 Hour Exam  60%
Semester Assessment 1 x 3000 Word Paper  40%

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the case studies in civil war covered in the module
  2. Assess the role of outside intervention on the dynamic of civil wars
  3. Discuss the role of violence in the mobilization of support for movements in civil war conflicts
  4. Evaluate the characteristics of civil war conflicts before and after the end of the Cold War
  5. Discuss the distinctions between civil wars and wars between states
  6. Analyze the roles of the community, ethnicity, and nationality in civil war conflicts
  7. Discuss the relationship between revolution and civil war

Brief description

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature of civil war in modern history by examining in depth case studies of major civil conflicts in the twentieth century. The emphasis is on approaching individual case studies with attention to particular traits of civil conflict, developing as a set of analytical tools for understanding civil wars, past and present, in comparative perspective.


The module will begin by introducing and defining the study of civil wars, looking at theoretical and conceptual aspects as well as presenting an overview of the topic.

The Module will then look at four case studies:

The Module will conclude by assessing civil conflict at the micro- and macro- levels.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Paul Preston (1996) A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War London: Fontana Press
David Close (1995) Origins of the Greek Civil War London : Longman
Orlando Figes (1996) A People's Tragedy London: Jonathan Cape
H.M. Enzenberger (1993) Civil War New York: New Press
Michael E. Brown (ed) ( 2001) Nationalism and Ethic Conflict London: MIT Press
Mats Berdal, David M. Malone (eds) (2000) Greed & Grievance : economic agendas in civil wars London: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Charles Tilly (ed) (1996) The Politics of Collective Violence Cambridge:CUP
Mary Kaldor (ed) (1999) New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a global era Cambridge: Polity
Doug McAdam, John D. McCarthy, Mayer N. Zald (eds) (1996) Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements: political opportunities, mobilizing structures, and cultural framings Cambridge : CUP


This module is at CQFW Level 6