States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World.
By Colin H. Kahl. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. 354p.
Environmental issues have only recently attracted more attention in
social science's reasoning about the causation of war. Even though
many scholars would probably agree with the assertion that environmental
degradation and demographic pressure play a role in the causal nexus of
many civil wars, the question of how this relation could be conceptualized
has remained open for a long time. It is the aim of Colin Kahl's book
to tackle this issue not by a mere theoretical and conceptual discussion
but by using two intensely studied cases as material to construct such a
conceptualization and to render it empirically applicable and