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How India Became Territorial: Foreign Policy, Diaspora, Geopolitics

Itty Abraham


Why do countries go to war over disputed lands? This revisionist study identifies the process of decolonization as the root of contemporary Asian interstate territorial conflicts. It does so by foregrounding the political implications of identifying a fixed territorial homeland as a necessary starting point for international recognition as well as establishing national identity. It concludes that, rather than potential economic gains or historic grievances, disputed lands are important because territorial conflicts expose contradictions in the body of the assumed-to-be unitary nation-state, na ... More

Keywords: Interstate Territorial Disputes, Decolonization, Foreign Policy, Diaspora, Geopolitics, Minorities, Citizenship, Asia, Pakistan, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804791632
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Itty Abraham, author
National University of Singapore