The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Problems of International Politics)

The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Problems of International Politics)

By: Harris Mylonas (author)Hardback

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What drives a state's choice to assimilate, accommodate or exclude ethnic groups within its territory? In this innovative work on the international politics of nation-building, Harris Mylonas argues that a state's nation-building policies toward non-core groups - individuals perceived as an ethnic group by the ruling elite of a state - are influenced by both its foreign policy goals and its relations with the external patrons of these groups. Through a detailed study of the Balkans, Mylonas shows that how a state treats a non-core group within its own borders is determined largely by whether the state's foreign policy is revisionist or cleaves to the international status quo, and whether it is allied or in rivalry with that group's external patrons. Mylonas injects international politics into the study of nation-building, building a bridge between international relations and the comparative politics of ethnicity and nationalism.

About Author

Harris Mylonas' research focuses on the processes of nation- and state-building, the politicization of cultural differences, immigration policy, and political development. He completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008 and then joined the Political Science department at George Washington University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2009. He is also an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies where he conducted research during the 2008-9 and 2011-12 academic years. His work has been published in Security Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Ethnopolitics, the European Journal of Political Research, and various edited volumes. He has also published opinion pieces in international newspapers and magazines (Los Angeles Times,,, Newsweek Japan, and the Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review, among others). He is currently working on his second book project - tentatively entitled The Politics of Ethnic Return Migration - analyzing the policies that states develop either to attract and/or to incorporate people returning to their country of origin, allegiance, or citizenship.


1. Introduction; Part I. Theory: 2. The international politics of assimilation, accommodation, and exclusion; Part II. Empirical Evidence: 3. Why the Balkans?; 4. Cross-national variation: nation-building in post-World War I Balkans; 5. Odd cases: analysis of outliers; 6. Subnational variation: Greek nation-building in western Macedonia, 1916-20; 7. Temporal variation: Serbian nation-building toward Albanians, 1878-1941; 8. Application of the theory beyond the Balkans; 9. Conclusion.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107020450
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 271
  • ID: 9781107020450
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 110702045X

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