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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Irredentism

Francesco Palermo

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 May 2024

Subject(s):
National liberation movements — Territory, acquisition and transfer

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The concept of irredentism describes a political and ideological movement aiming at unifying the nation (Nations) by reclaiming lost populations and territories (Territory, Acquisition). Irredentist claims intend to liberate from foreign control areas which are believed to belong to the motherland because of ethnic (Ethnicity) or linguistic ties, for geographical or historical reasons, or due to a previous possession. The term was created by Italian nationalists who claimed Italian sovereignty over territories retained by Austria after the third war of...
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