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Title:Calm between the storms? Patterns of political violence in Somalia, 1950-1980
Author:Menkhaus, KenISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:political violence
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2014.949404
Abstract:This article explores the uses of organized violence in Somali politics from the late colonial period up to 1980, an era that - on the surface, at least - appears relatively free of political violence compared to both previous and ensuing decades. After considering critical historical and contextual background, the analysis proposes a typology of political violence in Somalia, distinguishing seven types of violence: communal violence, political party violence, violent protests, non-State organized violence against State authorities, organized violence against external enemies, intra-State political violence, and State violence against citizens. It then maps the trends in political violence from 1950 to 1980, looking for patterns of continuity and change, and offering possible explanations for these patterns. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]