National Minorities and the European Nation-States System

Hardcover | December 1, 1998

byJennifer Jackson Preece

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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 internationalrelations 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 deepinto 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.

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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 internationalrelations in post-Cold War Europe. Jennifer Ja...

Jennifer Jackson Preece is a Lecturer on Nationalism in Europe at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for doctoral studies at Oxford University. Her doctoral dissertation, on which this publication is based, was awarded the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winc...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198294379

ISBN - 13:9780198294375

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Table of Contents

Part I: National Minorities in Conceptual Perspective1. Introduction2. What is a National Minority?3. Why are National Minorities a Subject of European r s4rnational Relations?Part II: National Minorities in Historical Perspective4. 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 Perspective7. National Minority Rights Provisions (1990-1995)8. National Minority Rights Enforcement Mechanisms (1990-1995)9. Conclusion

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`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.