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dc.contributor.advisorEverton, Sean F.
dc.contributor.authorMcLaughlin, John M., III
dc.dateJun-15
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-05T23:05:53Z
dc.date.available2015-08-05T23:05:53Z
dc.date.issued2015-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/45905
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractReligiously motivated violence is and always will be a relevant topic. To address and effectively counter contemporary violent groups, it is important to investigate similar historic groups. This thesis attempts to answer the research question: During the Radical Reformation, why did some Anabaptist groups accept the use of violence while others did not, and how did the movement evolve to pacifism? To answer this question, this study utilizes a mixed methodology of case study analysis and social network analysis of Anabaptist leaders during the 16th century. This thesis argues that violent ideology is largely a function of three factors: charismatic leadership, isolation, and apocalypticism. The interaction of these factors led to the emergence of Anabaptist groups that embraced the use of violence. However, groups’ internal characteristics can also lead them away from violence. In the case of the Anabaptists, social proximity assisted leaders with a counter-message to speak effectively to violent ultra-radical factions. The goal of this thesis is to identify characteristics of religious groups that may signal the potential for future violence, while also providing insight into which leaders may be capable of re-directing groups that have become violent.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/factorsofreligio1094545905
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleFactors of religious violence and a path to peace: a study of the 16th century Anabaptistsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGregg, Heather S.
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorAnabaptistsen_US
dc.subject.authorreligious violenceen_US
dc.subject.authorcharismatic leadershipen_US
dc.subject.authorisolationen_US
dc.subject.authorapocalypticismen_US
dc.subject.authorsocial network analysisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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