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Secession and security: explaining state strategy against separatists

Secession and security: explaining state strategy against separatists

Butt, Ahsan I., 1983- author

Since World War II, separatist conflicts have been the most common and deadly types of war in international politics. Such wars result from a simple incongruity: ethno-nationalist groups desire a homeland, but on territory that is controlled by states unwilling to give it up. This book examines states' strategies, particularly their use of violence, when confronted by separatist movements. Using more than 110 interviews, American and British diplomatic archives, and newspaper archives, this book's emphasis on external security can account for separatist violence, or its lack thereof, in a variety of historical contexts including Pakistan's treatment of Bengali secessionists; India's treatment of separatism in Assam, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir; interactions between the Ottoman Empire and Armenia; and Israel's attitudes toward Palestine

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Published Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Ahsan I. Butt
ISBN: 1501713957, 1501713965, 9781501713958, 9781501713965
Note: OCLC-licensed vendor bibliographic record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Series: Cornell studies in security affairs
Subject: International relations.; Secession Case studies.; Politics and government.; POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International).; Separatist movements Case studies.; Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.; Internal security Case studies.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International)


  1. An external security theory of secessionist conflict
  2. Pakistan's genocide in Bengal and limited war in Balochistan, 1971-1977
  3. India's strategies against secessionists in Assam, Punjab, and Kashmir, 1985-1994
  4. The Ottoman Empire's escalation from reforms to the Armenian genocide, 1908-1915
  5. Peaceful and violent separatism in Europe, the Middle East, and North America, 1861-1993.