National Minorities and the European Nation-states System

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Clarendon Press, 1998 - Law - 198 pages
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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Contents

What is a National Minority?
23
Why are National Minorities a Subject of European
30
NATIONAL MINORITIES
53
The League of Nations System of Minority Guarantees
67
National Minority Questions and the Cold War Human
95
NATIONAL MINORITIES
121
National Minority Rights Enforcement Mechanisms
140
Conclusion
165
Select Bibliography
178
Index
191
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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 Winchester Thesis Prize (for the best dissertation on human rights) by Oxford University in 1997.

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