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1 May 2016 Shaking the tyrant's bloody robe
Jordan Kiper, Richard Sosis
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Abstract

Group violence, despite much study, remains enigmatic. Its forms are numerous, its proximate causes myriad, and the interrelation of its forms and proximate causes poorly understood. We review its evolution, including preadaptations and selected propensities, and its putative environmental and psychological triggers. We then reconsider one of its forms, ethnoreligious violence, in light of recent discoveries in the behavioral and brain sciences. We find ethnoreligious violence to be characterized by identity fusion and by manipulation of religious traditions, symbols, and systems. We conclude by examining the confluence of causes and characteristics before and during Yugoslavia's wars of disintegration.

Jordan Kiper and Richard Sosis "Shaking the tyrant's bloody robe," Politics and the Life Sciences 35(1), 27-47, (1 May 2016). https://doi.org/10.1017/pls.2016.7
Published: 1 May 2016
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Collective violence
ethnic violence
identity fusion
intergroup conflict
religious system
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