International Interventions in Nationalist Disputes

Richard Caplan

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199209194
Published online May 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

International Interventions in Nationalist Disputes


This chapter examines historical developments in relation to international interventions in nationalist disputes. It focuses on developments since the Second World War, with particular emphasis on international interventions in the post-Cold War era. The first section looks at the shifts in international relations in this period that account for the marked increase in third-party interventions in nationalist disputes. The second section looks at the various kinds of interventions that have been undertaken, by whom, and for what purposes, highlighting innovations in practice. The third section examines some of the key issues and debates associated with international interventions in this period.

Keywords: Preventive deployment; humanitarian action; safety zones; peacekeeping; war crimes tribunals; minority rights; boundary changes; ‘responsibility to protect’

Article.  8009 words. 

Subjects: History ; International History

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