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Regular Soldiers, Irregular War: Violence and Restraint in the Second Intifada

Devorah S. Manekin


What explains differences in soldier participation in violence during irregular war? How do ordinary men become professional wielders of force, and when does this transformation falter or fail? This book presents a theoretical framework for understanding the various forms of behavior in which soldiers engage during counterinsurgency campaigns—compliance and shirking, abuse and restraint, as well as the creation of new violent practices. Through an in-depth study of the Israeli Defense Forces' repression of the Second Palestinian Intifada of 2000—2005, including interviews with and a survey of ... More

Keywords: combatant violence, irregular war, counterinsurgency campaigns, strategic violence, unauthorized violence, opportunistic violence, entrepreneurial violence, military field units, command, control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750434
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Devorah S. Manekin, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem