The Rights of Nations Nations and Nationalism in a Changing World

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  • Copyright: 1999-10-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The relatively recent emergence of the state as the exclusive focus of political authority and sovereignty has encouraged a collapse of the distinction between nations and states and an obliteration of the moral and political rights of nations. Much contemporary liberalism emphasizes the rights of individuals and the limits of the powers of states, which raises a number of fundamental questions about what defines a nation and about the rights which national groups may legitimately claim. This book presents essays which address these questions by some of the world's leading social and political thinkers.

Author Biography

Desmond M. Clarke is the author of L. de la Forge: Treatise on the Human Mind.

Charles Jones is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Western Ontario.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: Liberalism, Nationalism, and Self-Determination 1(25)
Desmond M. Clarke
Charles Jones
Social and Religious Origins of Nations
Anthony D. Smith
The Right to National Self-Determination: Ethical Problems and Practical Solutions
Michael Freeman
Liberal Nationalism and Self-Determination
Neil MacCormick
The Age of Atonement: The Emergence of a New Political Paradigm
Yael Tamir
Minority Nationalism within Liberal Democracies
Will Kymlicka
The Limits of Cultural Politics
Brian Barry
The Ethical Status of Nationality
David Archard
Appendix: Agreement Reached in the Multi-Party Negotiations 167(26)
List of Contributors 193(2)
Bibliography 195(10)
Index 205

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