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Cronin-Furman, Kate and Arulthas, Mario (2021) 'How the Tigers Got Their Stripes: A Case Study of the LTTE’s Rise to Power.' Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. pp. 1-20. (Forthcoming)

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Over the course of six months in 1986, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) eliminated their rival militant organizations, despite being significantly outgunned and outmanned by some of these groups. Relying primarily on contemporaneous accounts in Tamil and English, this article traces the process by which the LTTE became the primary avatar of Tamil nationalism, and explores the question of why consolidation unfolded so violently in this case. We argue that the answer lies in the LTTE’s successful portrayal of this violence as order-upholding rather than destructive, and attribute their ability to do this to the fact that much of the population perceived the LTTE as the most legitimate user of violence among the militants.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
SOAS Doctoral School
ISSN: 1057610X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2022 10:21

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