Secession as an International Phenomenon: From America's Civil War to Contemporary Separatist Movements

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Don Harrison Doyle
University of Georgia Press, 2010 - 397 pages
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About half of today’s nation-states originated as some kind of breakaway state. The end of the Cold War witnessed a resurgence of separatist activity affecting nearly every part of the globe and stimulated a new generation of scholars to consider separatism and secession.   With the approach of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, this collection of essays allows us to view one of the bloodiest conflicts over secession in modern history within a broader international context. The contributors to this volume consider a wide range of topics related to secession, separatism, and the nationalist passions that inflame such conflicts. The first section of the book examines ethical and moral dimensions of secession, while subsequent sections look at the American Civil War, conflicts in the Gulf of Mexico, European separatism, and conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.   The contributors to this book have no common position advocating or opposing secession in principle or in any particular case. All understand it, however, as a common feature of the modern world and as a historic phenomenon of international scope. Some contributors propose that “political divorce,” as secession has come to be called, ought to be subject to rational arbitration and ethical norms, instead of being decided by force. Along with these hopes for the future, Secession as an International Phenomenon offers a somber reminder of the cost the United States paid when reason failed and war was left to resolve the issue.
 

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Union and Secession in the Family of Nations
1
Part 1 The Problem of Secession
17
Part 2 The Case of the American South
95
Part 3 Turbulence in the Gulf of Mexico
191
Part 4 European Separatism
235
Part 5 The Middle East Asia and Africa
317
Contributors
381
Index
385
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Don H. Doyle is the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is author or coeditor of several previous books including Nationalism in the New World and Nations Divided: America, Italy, and the Southern Question.

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