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Sovereignty and Minorities: Towards Reshaping Postcolonial National Identities?

Pentassuglia, G (2021) Sovereignty and Minorities: Towards Reshaping Postcolonial National Identities? Nordic Journal of International Law, 2021/9 (4). pp. 526-533. ISSN 0902-7351

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Book Review: In a remarkably insightful essay on nationalism, Isaiah Berlin concluded by noting the “astonishingly Europocentric” outlook of 19th and 20th century thought. He incidentally observed on the political thinking of the time that “the peoples of Africa and Asia are discussed either as wards or victims of Europeans, but seldom, if ever, in their own right, as peoples with histories and cultures of their own”.1 The process of decolonisation, well under way at the time of this writing, corrected or mitigated such an asymmetrical view of non-European territories, and several studies over the years, across a vast range of disciplines, have engaged with the legacy of colonialism and European empires. Yet, with some rare exceptions, peoples’ identities and cultures of the sort alluded to by Berlin hardly featured in discussions about colonialism, since they generally focused more broadly on the illegitimacy (then illegality) of foreign rule, and the consequent need for new territorial configurations arising from the right of colonies to independence.2

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1801 Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 11:18
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 11:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1163/15718107-90040008
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17044
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