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State, Sovereignty and Territory

State, Sovereignty and Territory

State, sovereignty and territory

The concepts of state, sovereignty and territory are central to the study and practice of international relations. For generations of scholars, the concept of the state has been the principal subject and unit of analysis in international politics (Morgenthau, 1948; Waltz, 1979). The principle of sovereignty has provided one of the central bases for order in international relations, particularly in its codified form since the end of the Thirty Years War (Hinsley, 1986). Disputes over territory or struggles over territorial control have figured in virtually every major inter-state war of the past hundred years (Agnew, 1998; Mackinder, 1904).

However, forms of state, meanings of sovereignty and conceptions of territoriality are neither fixed nor constant across time and place. The ...

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