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National Minorities and the European Nation-States System - Jennifer Jackson Preece

National Minorities and the European Nation-States System

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Published: 1st December 1998
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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.

`the book is interesting for its historical examination of the various attempts by the international legislative bodies of different eras to address national minority issues within Europe.' Sarah D Duncan Glassburner, Internat. Law and Politics. `Even for a reader having little or no familiarity with the specifics of the League of Nations, Jackson Preece provides an interesting examination of this inter-war period and the ambitious efforts of some international law-makers to address the needs of the natonal minority communities in Eastern Europe. Jackson Preece skillfully demonstrates the effects of these measures, which were in essence imposed by the stronger Western European nations, on the system that developed following World War II.' Sarah D Duncan Glassburner, Internat. Law and Politics. `insightful commentary on the development of European policies regarding national minorities.' Sarah D Duncan Glassburner, Internat. Law and Politics. `a competent historical evaluation of attempts by the international community to address the issues associated with national minorities within Europe.' Sarah D Duncan Glassburner, Internat. Law and Politics.

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

ISBN: 9780198294375
ISBN-10: 0198294379
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st December 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 14.33  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.37