Sovereignty After Empire: Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia

Sovereignty After Empire: Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia

By: Raymond Hinnesbusch (editor), Sally N. Cummings (editor)Paperback

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How does empire affect the route to successor sovereign states and their features? This systematic comparison of empires and their consequences for sovereignty applies theory to the political structures of states, and the differences between them, in the Middle East and Central Asia. This title raises a clear set of research questions about variations of imperial practice. It puts forward an attractive and persuasive case that imperial legacy has been an important variable in the post-independence period.

About Author

Sally N. Cummings is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Raymond Hinnebusch is Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at the University of St Andrews.


1. Introduction (Sally N. Cummings, University of St Andrews and Raymond Hinnebusch, University of St Andrews); Section One: Histories of Empire and After; 2. Russian Empires (Dominic Lieven, Bradford University); 3. The British and French empires in the Arab world: Some problems of colonial state-formation and its legacy (James McDougall, Trinity College, University of Oxford); 4. Ottoman Legacies and Economic Sovereignty in Post-Imperial Anatolia, Syria and Iraq (Fred Lawson, Mills College); Section Two: Paths to Sovereignty - Views from the Core and Periphery; 5. Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire and After (Ben Fortna, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London); 6. Mandated Sovereignty? The Role of International Law in the Construction of Arab Statehood during and after Empire (Michelle Burgis, University of St Andrews); 7. Reluctant sovereigns? Central Asian states' path to independence (Mohira Suyarkulova, University of St Andrews); Section Three: Empire and Domestic Sovereignty; 8. The Middle East after Empire: Sovereignty and Institutions (Louise Fawcett, St Catherine's College, Oxford University); 9. Sovereignty after empire: the colonial roots of Central Asian authoritarianism (David Lewis, Bradford University); Section Four: Empire and Popular Sovereignty; 10. Culture, Colonialism and Sovereignty in Central Asia (Laura L. Adams, Harvard University); 11. Culture in the Middle East: the 'Western Question' and the sovereignty of post-imperial states in the Middle East (Morten Valbjorn, University of Aarhus); 12. Pathways of Islamist mobilisation against the state in the Middle East and Central Asia (Frederic Volpi, University of St Andrews); Section Five: Empire and External Sovereignty; 13. Empire and State Formation: Contrary tangents in Jordan and Syria (Raymond Hinnebusch); 14. Rentierism, Dependency and Sovereignty in Central Asia (Wojciech Ostrowski, Dundee University); 15. Tajikistan: from de facto colony to sovereign dependency (Muriel Atkin, The George Washington University); Conclusions (Sally N. Cummings and Raymond Hinnebusch).

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  • ISBN13: 9780748668557
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9780748668557
  • weight: 618
  • ISBN10: 0748668551

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