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Part II Modes of the Creation of States in International Law, Ch.10 Divided States and Reunification

James Crawford

From: The Creation of States in International Law (2nd Edition)

James R Crawford

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 September 2020

The consciousness of a ‘people’ or ‘nation’ that they constitute a separate entity has always been a factor in international relations: its importance increased substantially in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and it has come to have certain juridical or quasi-juridical consequences. The translation of ethnic or cultural affinity into territorial organization is, however, not an easy one—especially since it tends to invade the claims for unity of other ‘peoples’ or ‘nations’. Nevertheless much of the pressure behind certain political situations derives...
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