Book Recommendation

How Civil Wars Start, by Barbara F. Walter

The Rise of the Global Alt-Right

Luella Schmidt
10 min readDec 2, 2022

Barbara F. Walter’s book, How Civil Wars Start, is a deeply researched examination of the specific conditions that arise within countries before civil wars. Using robust data sets for analyses, we know that civil wars tend to escalate in predictable ways, and one of the best predictors is whether a country is moving toward or away from democracy.



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