The Middle East after Empire: Sovereignty and Institutions

Louise Fawcett

in Sovereignty After Empire

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643042
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653270 | DOI:
The Middle East after Empire: Sovereignty and Institutions

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This chapter explores the different, often contradictory, meanings of empire and sovereignty in the history of the modern Middle East and considers how they have interacted, positively and negatively, with the development of states and institutions. It argues that the experience of Western imperialism and state-building interacted, often negatively, with pre-existing notions of sovereignty, leadership and modes of territorial, political and social organization, contributing — alongside other factors — to contested states and institutions. The introduction and maintenance of Western sovereignty models, but above all their qualified or bounded nature, have been a source of resistance and instability facilitating stubborn authoritarianism and continuing acts of external intervention.

Keywords: sovereignty; Middle East; state formation; Western imperialism; institutions

Chapter.  8601 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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