Secession and nationalism

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The past decade and a half has witnessed a rash of secessionist movements. Some have succeeded, some have failed; some have involved large-scale conflict and ethnic cleansing, some have been remarkably peaceful. These momentous events call into question not only the legitimacy of particular states and their boundaries, but also the nature of sovereignty, the purposes of political association and the scope of majority rule.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781405177245
ISBN (Print)9781405136532
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Autonomy
  • Forcible resistance
  • Group conflict
  • Justification of secession
  • Modern state
  • Nationalism
  • Secession
  • Unilateral right to secede

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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