Denying the Spoils of War The Politics of Invasion and Non-recognition

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-01
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

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Why do so many states adopt a position of non-recognition of gains from war?

Despite being proven ineffective as a coercive tool or deterrent, the international community has actively withheld recognition in numerous instances of territorial conquest since the 1930s. Joseph O'Mahoney systematically analyses 21 case studies--including the Manchurian Crisis, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and Russia's annexation of Crimea--to explore why so many states have adopted a policy of non-recognition of the spoils of war.

By drawing on historical sources including recently declassified archival documents, he evaluates states' decision-making. He develops a new theory for non-recognition as a symbolic sanction aimed at reproducing common knowledge of the rules of international behaviour.

Author Biography

Joseph O'Mahoney is Research Fellow in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously held positions at Seton Hall University and Brown University.

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