In this Book

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About half of today’s nation-states originated as some kind of breakaway state. The end of the Cold War witnessed a resurgence of separatist activity affecting nearly every part of the globe and stimulated a new generation of scholars to consider separatism and secession.
 
As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War approaches, this collection of essays allows us to view within a broader international context one of modern history's bloodiest conflicts over secession. The contributors to this volume consider a wide range of topics related to secession, separatism, and the nationalist passions that inflame such conflicts. The first section of the book examines ethical and moral dimensions of secession, while subsequent sections look at the American Civil War, conflicts in the Gulf of Mexico, European separatism, and conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
 
The contributors to this book have no common position advocating or opposing secession in principle or in any particular case. All understand it, however, as a common feature of the modern world and as a historic phenomenon of international scope. Some contributors propose that “political divorce,” as secession has come to be called, ought to be subject to rational arbitration and ethical norms, instead of being decided by force. Along with these hopes for the future, Secession as an International Phenomenon offers a somber reminder of the cost the United States paid when reason failed and war was left to resolve the issue.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Union and Secession in the Family of Nations
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part 1. The Problem of Secession
  2. p. 17
  1. “The Morality of Secession”
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. “Secession and Civil War”
  2. pp. 37-55
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  1. “Lincoln, the Constitution, and Secession”
  2. pp. 56-75
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  1. “Ethics of Secession and Political Mobilization in Quebec”
  2. pp. 76-94
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  1. Part 2. The Case of the American South
  2. p. 95
  1. “Lincoln, the Collapse of Deep South Moderation, and the Triumph of Secession: A South Carolina Congressman’s Moment of Truth”
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. “Proslavery Calculations and the Value of Southern Disunion”
  2. pp. 115-131
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  1. “‘How a Free People Conduct a Long War’: Sustaining Opposition to Secession in the American Civil War”
  2. pp. 132-150
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  1. “Secessionists in an Age of Secession: The Slave South in Transatlantic Perspective”
  2. pp. 151-173
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  1. “The Origins of the Antimodern South: Romantic Nationalism and the Secession Movement in the American South”
  2. pp. 174-190
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  1. Part 3. Turbulence in the Gulf of Mexico
  2. p. 191
  1. “Texas and the Spread of That Troublesome Secessionist Spirit through the Gulf of Mexico Basin”
  2. pp. 193-213
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  1. “The Brief, Glorious History of the Yucatecan Republic: Secession and Violence in Southeast Mexico, 1836–1848”
  2. pp. 214-234
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  1. Part 4. European Separatism
  2. p. 235
  1. “Secessionist Conflicts in Europe”
  2. pp. 237-258
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  1. “By the Force of Arms: Violence and Morality in Secessionist Conflict”
  2. pp. 259-276
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  1. “Structure, Agency, and Secessionism in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet States”
  2. pp. 277-295
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  1. “‘Our Cause Was Foredoomed to Failure’: Secession in Germany and the United States”
  2. pp. 296-316
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  1. Part 5. The Middle East, Asia, and Africa
  2. p. 317
  1. “Common Sense, or A Step Pregnant with Enormous Consequences: Some Thoughts on the Possible Secession of Iraqi Kurdistan”
  2. pp. 319-337
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  1. “Nationalism, Separatism, and Neoliberal Globalism: A Review of Africa and the Quest for Self-Determination since the 1940s”
  2. pp. 338-360
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  1. “Did Abraham Lincoln Oppose Taiwan’s Secession from China?”
  2. pp. 361-380
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 381-384
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 385-397
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820337371
Print ISBN
9780820330082
MARC Record
OCLC
676697905
Pages
392
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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