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By Markus Kornprobst

Territorial disputes and irredentist disputes are very vulnerable to escalation and extremely tough to solve. because the finish of the second one global battle, despite the fact that, ecu states have tended to solve their irredentist disputes peacefully. Markus Kornprobst argues that this development has arisen end result of the emergence of a territorial established order norm within the sector. A research of all territorial claims made in Europe considering the fact that 1848 and on the planet because 1945 presents the history for certain examinations of German and Irish irredentism, during which the writer strains the advance of the territorial establishment norm in accordance with argumentation and compromise. constructing new theoretical and methodological instruments to check norm choice, this booklet could be of curiosity to students and scholars of diplomacy, nationalism and eu reports.

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The manner in which many nations deal with internal dissent about irredentist claims shows this quite clearly. They brand domestic advocates against irredentism as traitors because these advocates break the nation’s taboo against even considering abandoning the vision of reunification with lost lands. Yet there are other identity-constituting norms that may help to resolve irredentist disputes or at least prevent them from escalating into war. 10 The normative dimension of irredentist disputes, however, remains neglected.

The findings of the advocacy literature, however, caution that such a footnote is not enough. The next two sections lay the conceptual groundwork for elaborating on the advocacy literature. Then, the remainder of this chapter develops a norm selection mechanism that fills in the blanks that the advocacy literature has not addressed so far, and bridges the gap between the sociological leanings of the advocacy literature and the micro-economic underpinnings of Rationalist research on compliance. Argumentation and persuasion Norm advocacy revolves around argumentation.

Furthermore, the latter is more absolute than the former. Uti possidetis allows for territorial change if it realigns borders with former colonial borders (this is, for instance, why the African Union recognises Western Sahara). Nevertheless, sub-Saharan Africa also exhibits an interesting – although compared to Europe weaker – co-variation between a frequently emphasised principle against changing borders and a relatively high number of irredentist cases settled by the recognition of the territorial status quo.

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