Agents of Atrocity by Neil J. Mitchell
Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil War

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Who is responsible for the terror, atrocities, and violations of human rights that occur in civil wars? Blame can be directly attributed to the actual perpetrators of the massacres, rapes, and pillaging--but it can also be placed on the leaders who often hide behind their ambivalent orders. Placing responsibility clearly in the hands of political leadership, Mitchell explores the interaction of leaders, their management practices and repressive policies, using the Arab-Israeli conflict and the English and Russian civil wars to shed light on when leaders are more or less likely to turn to atrocities to achieve their goals. With civil wars continuing to rage around the world, Agents of Atrocity provides a timely history of atrocities and the leaders and henchmen who carried them out, while providing a new context for understanding why they occur and how they can be prevented in the future.

About Neil J. Mitchell

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Neil J. Mitchell is Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author Generous Corporation (1989) and Conspicuous Corporation (1997).
Published August 7, 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The individuals include "principals" who give the orders and "agents" who execute them, and the principals in turn are those who direct atrocious levels of violence at specific threats and those who consider whole religions or ethnic groups to be threats.

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