National Minorities and the European Nation-States System

National Minorities and the European Nation-States System

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The collapse of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union has resulted in a proliferation of discontented national minorities. Thus, the possibility for destabilizing ethnic conflict has become acute. National minorities have accordingly emerged as a major focus of international relations in post-Cold War Europe.

Jennifer Jackson Preece's powerful new study offers an innovative analysis of these developments. Scrutinizing them within the historical context of changing practices and evolving norms, she reveals that the European national minority question is nothing new - rather its foundations extend deep into contemporary history. Moreover, the problem is intrinsically derivative of the nation-states system itself, a system which potentially intensifies minority disaffection.

Examining these issues against the backdrop of relevant treaties, diplomatic negotiations, and international practices, Jackson Preece presents the definitive assessment of the fate of national minorities in the European states system.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 144 x 224 x 17mm | 401g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0198294379
  • 9780198294375

Table of contents

PART I: NATIONAL MINORITIES IN CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVE ; 1. Introduction ; 2. What is a National Minority? ; 3. Why are National Minorities a Subject of European r s4rnational Relations? ; PART II: NATIONAL MINORITIES IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ; 4. Minority Rights from Westphalia to Berlin (1648-1878) ; 5. The League of Nations System of Minority Guarantees (1919-1939) ; 6. National Minority Questions and the Cold War Human Rights Regime (1945-1989) ; PART III: NATIONAL MINORITIES IN CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE ; 7. National Minority Rights Provisions (1990-1995) ; 8. National Minority Rights Enforcement Mechanisms (1990-1995) ; 9. Conclusion
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A valuable guide for scholars looking to deepen their knowledge of the ways in which minority politics have evolved on the international stage since the founding of the modern nation-state system. * Governance * This book makes a novel contribution to understanding much of the puzzle of national minority rights in international relations ... this is a very useful and insightful study that should be of interest to scholars seeking to make sense of the place of national minorities in the international system. It provides an excellent background to and perspective on these issues. * Governance *
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About Jennifer Jackson Preece

Jennifer Jackson Preece is a Lecturer on Nationalism in Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for doctoral studies at Oxford University. Her doctoral dissertation, on which this publication is based, was awarded the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Thesis Prize (for the best dissertation on human rights) by Oxford University in 1997.
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