Human Rights in History : The Right of Self-Determination of Peoples: The Domestication of an Illusion Hardback
by Jorg Fisch
The right of self-determination of peoples holds out the promise of sovereign statehood for all peoples and a domination-free international order.
But it also harbors the danger of state fragmentation that can threaten international stability if claims of self-determination lead to secessions.
Covering both the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century independence movements in the Americas and the twentieth-century decolonization worldwide, this book examines the conceptual and political history of the right of self-determination of peoples.
It addresses the political contexts in which the right and concept were formulated and the practices developed to restrain its potentially anarchic character, its inception in anti-colonialism, nationalism, and the labor movement, its instrumentalization at the end of the First World War in a formidable duel that Wilson lost to Lenin, its abuse by Hitler, the path after the Second World War to its recognition as a human right in 1966, and its continuing impact after decolonization.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 360 pages, 4 Tables, black and white; 8 Maps; 2 Halftones, unspecified
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 09/12/2015
- Category: Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9781107037960
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