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The State of Sovereignty examines how it came to pass that the nation-state became the prevailing form of governance in the world today. Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and addressing colonization and decolonization around the globe, these essays argue that sovereignty is a set of historically contingent practices, and not something that accrues naturally to states. The contributors explore the different ways in which sovereign political forms have been defined and have defined themselves, placing recent debates about nations and national identity within a broader history of sovereignty, territory, and legality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1 Introduction: Sovereignty and the Study of States
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Sovereignty on the Isthmus: Federalism, U.S. Empire, and the Struggle for Panama during the California Gold Rush
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. 3. The Foreign and the Sovereign: Extraterritoriality in East Asia
  2. pp. 35-55
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  1. 4. Wilsonian Sovereignty in the Middle East: The King-Crane Commission Report of 1919
  2. pp. 56-74
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  1. 5. Colonial Sovereignty in Manchuria and Manchukuo
  2. pp. 75-93
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  1. 6. Alternatives to Empire: France and Africa after World War II
  2. pp. 94-123
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  1. 7. The Ambiguities of Sovereignty: The United States and the Global Human Rights Cases of the 1940s and 1950s
  2. pp. 124-147
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  1. 8. What Does It Take to Be a State? Sovereignty and Sanctions in Rhodesia, 1965–1980
  2. pp. 148-168
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  1. 9. Legal Fictions after Empire
  2. pp. 169-195
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  1. 10. Sovereignty after Socialism at Europe’s New Borders
  2. pp. 196-221
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  1. 11. Environmental Security, Spatial Preservation, and State Sovereignty in Central Africa
  2. pp. 222-242
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  1. 12. The Paradox of Sovereignty in the Balkans
  2. pp. 243-260
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  1. 13. The Secret Lives of the “Sovereign”: Rethinking Sovereignty as International Morality
  2. pp. 261-276
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 277-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-284
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253002686
Print ISBN
9780253352316
MARC Record
OCLC
370861768
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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