The State of Sovereignty
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The State of Sovereignty : Territories, Laws, Populations

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 maps
  • 0253220165
  • 9780253220165
  • 1,649,693

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"[This book's] contribution lies in the rich and well-researched empirical case-study chapters that demonstrate in detail the various different ways in which territory, populations, and authority structures have been organized relative to one another in different places and times." -Eric A. Heinze, University of Oklahoma, GOVERNANCE :Intnl Jrnl Policy & Admin, Vol. 23.2 April 2010 "The multidisciplinary character of the contributions reinforces the focus of the work... that sovereignty is socially constructed and that it changes with time and place.... [N]early unique in presenting the different operationalizations of sovereignty while avoiding the superficiality of other attempts to do so." -William Reno, Northwestern Universityshow more

About Douglas Howland

Douglas Howland is the David D. Buck Professor of Chinese History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.Luise White is Professor of History at the University of Florida.show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgments1. Introduction: Sovereignty and the Study of States Douglas Howland and Luise White2. Sovereignty on the Isthmus: Federalism, U.S. Empire, and the Struggle for Panama during the California Gold Rush Aims McGuinness3. The Foreign and the Sovereign: Extraterritoriality in East Asia Douglas Howland4. Wilsonian Sovereignty in the Middle East: The King-Crane Commission Report of 1919 Leonard V. Smith5. Colonial Sovereignty in Manchuria and Manchukuo David Tucker6. Alternatives to Empire: France and Africa after World War II Frederick Cooper7. The Ambiguities of Sovereignty: The United States and the Global Human Rights Cases of the 1940s and 1950s Mark Philip Bradley8. What Does It Take to Be a State? Sovereignty and Sanctions in Rhodesia, 19651980 Luise White9. Legal Fictions after Empire John D. Kelly and Martha Kaplan10. Sovereignty after Socialism at Europe's New Borders Keith Brown11. Environmental Security, Spatial Preservation, and State Sovereignty in Central Africa Kevin C. Dunn12. The Paradox of Sovereignty in the Balkans Aida A. Hozic13. The Secret Lives of the "Sovereign": Rethinking Sovereignty as International Morality Siba N. GrovoguiList of ContributorsIndexshow more

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