A Road Map to War: Territorial Dimensions of International by Paul F. Diehl

By Paul F. Diehl

A highway Map to warfare advances the examine of geopolitics considerably and gives a ideal instance of cumulative and leading edge study from an interdisciplinary point of view. (John O'Louglin) An surprisingly coherent set of essays. A street Map to battle succeeds admirably in its objective of explaining the function that territory performs within the conceptualization, escalation, recurrence, answer, and way forward for militarized clash. (Harvey Starr) Territorial matters are quite often a basic element of overseas clash. heritage is replete with examples, from negotiations approximately disputed borders to overt war over components wealthy with usual assets. certainly, the function of territorial matters in clash among states is essentially assumed. besides the fact that, there was little scholarship committed in particular to the the most important function of territoriality in foreign clash. A highway Map to struggle: Territorial Dimensions of foreign clash considers the position of territory within the initiation, evolution, escalation, and backbone of interstate clash and encompasses a lot of the state of the art study within the quarter of geography and overseas clash. subject matters fluctuate from an exam of overseas legislations in territorial conflicts to an empirical research of the equity of the Camp David accords, yet the entire essays handle a coherent subject: that conflicts related to an important territorial part are extra risky than different disputes, yet with the good news that such conflicts will be resolved peacefully. students of foreign clash, peace examine, and geography will locate this booklet major for the learn and perform of diplomacy.

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The concept of an ancient homeland was maintained through a process of territorial socialization that penetrated many facets of religious and cultural behavior. This socialization drew both directly and indirectly on the spiritual roots for territorial attachment to be found in scriptural sources and interpreted through both prayer and precept. The symbolic and metaphysical attachment to the specific piece of territory was formalized in the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel: Eretz Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people.

As territory becomes the focus of competing claims, the conflict participants imbue specific sites with historic and religious importance, often through the use of historical and archaeological narratives, as a means of proving priority (which group can trace its roots in the territory back farther), duration (which group Page 13 can demonstrate continuous residence over a longer and uninterrupted period of time), and exclusivity to the territory in question (Burghardt 1973). Territory as historic and religious homeland Attachment to territory is based on the identification of symbols and signs in the landscape, as well as on the creation of territorial histories and myths that reflect the singular importance of one piece of territory over any other.

These, in turn, are transformed into concrete meaning through the formation of state territories, the demarcation of land boundaries, and the exercise of effective control throughout the bounded territory. " These territories become exclusive, the rights to which are defended against alternative claimants. Claims to sovereignty based on historical priority or duration have been evoked throughout human history as a means of justifying territorial expansion or obtaining recognition by the international community (Burghardt 1973; Murphy 1990, 1996).

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