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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions$
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Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.001.0001

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On the Logistics of Violence

On the Logistics of Violence

Evidence from Stalin’s Great Terror, Nazi-Occupied Belarus, and Modern African Civil Wars

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(p.399) 18 On the Logistics of Violence
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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions
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Yuri M. Zhukov

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.003.0018

This chapter explores how logistical costs shape the quantity and quality of violence against civilians. I distinguish between two types of supply systems: a reliance on local resources obtained from within a conflict zone, and external resources shipped from outside. All else equal, the intensity of violence against civilians should be greater where external resources are available at relatively low cost. As the costs of obtaining external resources rise—due to poor infrastructure or sabotage—violence against civilians should decline. I evaluate the empirical evidence for these claims using disaggregated data on fifty-eight low-intensity conflicts since 1997 in African and several other states, archival data on Stalin’s Great Terror, and killings of civilians in Belarus by Nazi Germany in World War II.

Keywords:   logistics, violence, mass killing, sabotage, Stalin, Great Terror, Belarus

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