Sovereignty and Occupation

Peter M. R. Stirk

in The Politics of Military Occupation

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780748636716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652754 | DOI:
Sovereignty and Occupation

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This chapter deals with the concept of sovereignty. No neglect has befallen it. Indeed, if anything, the concept is now made to do too much work. From the recognition that the occupier is not the sovereign power which formed the core of the emerging concept of military occupation, statesmen and observers have moved on to presume that sovereignty must persist somewhere untarnished by the fact of military occupation. The chapter suggests that this is to fundamentally underestimate the fragility of polities subject to military occupation. Ironically, the attempt to mitigate the impact of military occupation by insisting upon the persistence of sovereignty or its rapid return to the occupied masks rather mitigates the threat to the community that such insistence seeks to protect it from.

Keywords: sovereignty; military occupier; sovereign power; military occupation

Chapter.  10937 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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