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Constructing International Relations in the Arab World$
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Fred H. Lawson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753722

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753722.001.0001

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Introduction Origins of States-Systems

Introduction Origins of States-Systems

(p.1) Introduction Origins of States-Systems
Constructing International Relations in the Arab World
Stanford University Press

Three broad dynamics created the states-system that formed in the Middle East during the first half of the twentieth century: the end of the imperial institutions of governance that had structured regional politics over the previous 600 years; the rise of local nationalist movements in Cairo, Tunis, Baghdad, Damascus, and other major urban centers; and the appearance of narrowly self-interested, territorially bounded, mutually antagonistic states. The dissolution of the Ottoman Empire offered the opportunity for an anarchic states-system to take shape in the Middle East, but did not directly produce this distinctive kind of regional order. It is noted that the emergence of Westphalian sovereignty has significant role in the construction of the contemporary Middle Eastern states-system. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   states-system, Middle East, governance, Cairo, Tunis, Baghdad, Ottoman Empire, Westphalian sovereignty

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