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Cambridge Studies in International Relations : State Identities and the Homogenisation of Peoples Series Number 84 - Heather Rae

Cambridge Studies in International Relations

State Identities and the Homogenisation of Peoples Series Number 84


Published: 16th September 2002
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Why are forced displacement, ethnic cleansing and genocide an enduring feature of state systems? In this ground-breaking book, Heather Rae locates these practices of 'pathological homogenisation' in the processes of state building. Political elites have repeatedly used cultural resources to redefine bounded political communities as exclusive moral communities, from which outsiders must be expelled. Showing that these practices predate the age of nationalism, Rae examines cases from both pre-nationalist and nationalist eras: the expulsion of the Jews from fifteenth century Spain, the persecution of the Huguenots under Louis XIV, and in the twentieth century, the Armenian genocide, and ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia. She argues that those atrocities prompted the development of international norms of legitimate state behaviour that increasingly define sovereignty as conditional. Rae concludes by examining two 'threshold' cases - the Czech Republic and Macedonia - to identify the factors that may inhibit pathological homogenization as a method of state-building.

'Rae ... offers an important account of state homogenisation and brings strong empirical observations to the attention of International Relations.' International Affairs '... fascinating ...'. Journal of Peace Research

State formation and pathological homogenisation
The 'Other' within Christian Europe: state-building in early modern Spain
State-building in early modern France: Louis XIV and the Huguenots
Pathological homogenisation and Turkish state-building: the Armenian genocide of 1915âÇô1916
'Ethnic cleansing' and the break up of Yugoslavia
Evolving international norms
On the threshold: the Czech republic and Macedonia
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ISBN: 9780521792844
ISBN-10: 0521792843
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 16th September 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.7