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Political Conflicts, 1944-1966 (ICPSR 5302)

Principal Investigator(s): Cady, Richard; Prince, William


This study contains data on 323 post-World War II inter- and intra-state political conflict events in the major geographical regions of the world in the period 1944-1966. The principal aim of the study was to develop an empirical description of post-World War II low-level conflict. For each conflict, data are provided for the start and end date, location (including Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia), nations and forces involved (including the level of participation by the United States, Soviet Union, People's Republic of China and other communist nations, and the United Nations), level of military activities (including sea, ground, and air operations), duration, and total deaths. Data are also provided for interstate combats, incidents, blockades, and show of force, and for internal conflicts, such as overt civil wars, guerilla wars, anti-colonial conflicts, coups d'etat, military revolts or mutinies, insurrections, and civil disorders. Other variables provide information on the effects and outcomes of the conflicts.

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Study Description


Cady, Richard, and William Prince. POLITICAL CONFLICTS, 1944-1966. Compiled by Richard Cady and William Prince, Bendix Corporation, Social Science Division. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05302.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05302.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil disorders, civil wars, coup d'etat, international conflict, military intervention, military operations, political conflict, political violence, post-World War II period, revolutions

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Asia, Latin America, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1944--1966

Universe:    A total of 323 post-World War II inter- and intra-state political conflict events in the major geographical regions of the world in the period 1944-1966.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

(1) Bendix Corporation Social Science Division, (2) KEESING'S CONTEMPORARY ARCHIVES, (3) United States Department Data, (4) STATESMAN'S YEARBOOK, 1964-1965, (5) United States Navy Operational Archives, (6) EUROPA YEARBOOK, 1964-1965, and (7) DEADLINE DATA ON WORLD AFFAIRS

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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