The Missionary Origins of Ethnic Violence
This presentation explores the long-term determinants of ethnic violence, focusing on missionary influence. For this, he presents an analytic framework combining constructivism with path dependence and tests the framework using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The analysis offers evidence that the time of missionary onset increased the risk of future ethnic violence by institutionalizing and politicizing ethnic identities. Later missionary influence, even if more intensive, had more limited effects on ethnic identities and thereby violence.