Academic journal article Military Review

Native vs. Settler: Ethnic Conflict in Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, and South Africa

Academic journal article Military Review

Native vs. Settler: Ethnic Conflict in Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, and South Africa

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NATIVE VS. SETTLER: Ethnic Conflict in Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, and South Africa, Thomas G. Mitchell, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 2000, 243 pages, $69.95.

In his first book, Native vs. Settler: Ethnic Conflict in Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, and South Africa, Thomas G. Mitchell compares and defines the basic roots and characteristics of three classic conflicts and insurgency movements-those of Israel and Palestine, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. Mitchell, an independent researcher who studied in Israel and Ireland and traveled extensively in South Africa, compiles 12 years of research into a comparison work in which he seeks to identify key elements common in each case study. His key thesis is that settler conflict-pitting a settling population as part of a colonization effort against a native population-- begins and evolves in a loosely definable pattern.

The military strategist will find utility in Mitchell's work for two reasons. First, Mitchell outlines concise histories and the politics and ideologies driving the conflicts in Ireland, Israel, and South Africa. Second, without taking sides, he describes the evolution of these conflicts, comparing characteristics of each. These common characteristics, on cautious reflection, might be applied universally as the strategist attempts to understand the dynamics fueling conflicts in areas where U. …

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