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Insurgency-based irregular warfare typifies armed conflict in the post-Cold War age. For some years now, western and other governments have struggled to contend with ideologically-driven guerrilla movements, religiously-inspired militias, and systematic targeting of civilian populations. Numerous conflicts of this type are rooted in experiences of empire breakdown. Yet few comparative studies of decolonisation's violence exist.Decolonization and Conflict brings together expertise on a variety of different cases to provide the first comparative overview of the colonial conflicts that engulfed Europe's empires after 1945.
The contributors analyse multiple forms of colonial counter-insurgency, showing how insurgencies, their propaganda and methods of action were inherently transnational and inter-connected. The result is a vital contribution to our understanding of decolonization that emphasises the global connections at work and reveals the contemporary resonances of anti-colonial insurgencies. This is essential reading for students and scholars of empires and decolonization.