Are violent national movements in a democratic Western Europe possible? The conflicts on Corsica and in the Basque country are evidence that they are. The book unveils the background and development of both conflicts within the structured framework of a comparative analysis. It presents the conflicts separately, giving a general overview of their backgrounds and developments. The two conflicts are compared by pointing out their similarities and differences. The diverging outcomes of the conflicts in the year 2000 are explained. Finally, the results of the comparison are applied to a theory of ethnic terrorism.
The author: Wolfgang Büttner is a student in history, political science and economics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His special field of interest concerns ethnicity and ethnic conflict. In spring 2000, he was a fellow at the Department for Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden.