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A Socialist Peace?Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country$
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Mike McGovern

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226453576

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226453743.001.0001

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Explaining the Absence of War

Explaining the Absence of War

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A Socialist Peace?

Mike McGovern

University of Chicago Press

In this introductory chapter, the book seeks to challenge the tradition of democratic peace theory or at least the thought that only democracies are capable of sustaining stable political arrangements. More than its democratic elements, Guinea’s socialist elements have had a much greater effect in engendering order. The author explains why Guinea during Touré’s administration was socialist and why Guinea is presently said to be at peace. He introduces some of the terms that will be central to his argument like “orientations toward the future” – a tendency to think of time as in perpetual progress. McGovern concludes the chapter with a defense of the ethnographic method he uses in analyzing a phenomenon that is more often approached from an international relations perspective.

Keywords:   war, ethnography, temporality, democracy, peace, political order

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