Age of Secession

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Cambridge University Press, 27.10.2016 - 270 Seiten
What are the factors that determine how central governments respond to demands for independence? Secessionist movements are numerous and quite varied in form, but the chief obstacle to their ambitions is the state itself, which can deny independence demands, deploy force if need be, and request that the international community respect its territorial integrity by not recognizing the breakaway region. Age of Secession focuses on this crucial but neglected moment in the life of a secessionist movement. Griffiths offers a novel theory using original data on secessionist movements between 1816 and 2011. He explains how state response is shaped by international and domestic factors, when conflict is likely, and why states have proliferated since 1945. He mixes quantitative methods with case studies of secessionist movements in the United Kingdom, Russia/Soviet Union, and India. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand the phenomenon of secession.
 

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Inhalt

Figures
2
Theory of Metropolitan Response
16
A Quantitative Analysis of Secessionist Outcomes
46
The Expansion and Contraction of the British Empire
81
The Arc of Russian Rule
119
India and Its Many Nations
161
Conclusion
193
Protostates
219
Annual number of protostates
228
Bibliography
247
Index
265
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Ryan D. Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research examines the dynamics of secession, patterns in sovereignty and international order, and he is a lead investigator on the International System(s) Dataset (ISD) Project. His work has been published in a number of journals including International Organization.

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