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Denying the spoils of war: the politics of invasion and nonrecognition

O'Mahoney, J. ORCID: (2018) Denying the spoils of war: the politics of invasion and nonrecognition. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474434430

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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.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:80587
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press

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