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Conclusions

Sally N. Cummings and Raymond Hinnebusch

in Sovereignty After Empire

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643042
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643042.003.0022
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This volume has argued that empire matters for post-imperial outcomes. In the introduction it was observed that the similarity in the imperial creation of states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Central Asia (CA) seemed to explain similarities in the successor states. It was also hypothesized that differences in imperial heritages explain the greater instability of the MENA states system and the lesser legitimacy of informal hegemony over that region compared with CA. This concluding chapter reviews the evidence and incorporate the findings of the preceding chapters regarding these issues. It views the impact of empire on post-imperial sovereignty as mediated through intervening variables and, hence, organizes the evidence under these categories: it examines the effects of the drivers of transition from empire; it then summarizes the evidence on the imperial transmissions left behind by empires. It considers the extent of rupture after empire, with its implications for post-imperial hegemonies. It ends with a summary of the outcome for the various dimensions of sovereignty, highlighting the similarities and differences between the cases.

Keywords: Middle East; North Africa; Central Asia; empire; post-imperial sovereignty; hegemonies

Chapter.  7847 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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