This thesis looks at alternative causes of civil war onset. Specifically, the role of repression is examined to show how the specific type, being nonviolent or violent, and the target, being indiscriminate or selective, matter and depending on the tactics undertaken can lead to the onset of civil war. It also sheds light on the often understudied role that external actors in the international system can play in escalating an uprising towards the onset of civil war as well.


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2016

First Advisor

Koehler, Kevin

Committee Member 1

Pinfari, Marco

Committee Member 2

Sika, Nadine


128 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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