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By Fred H. Lawson

This e-book explores the emergence of an anarchic states-system within the twentieth-century Arab global. Following the cave in of the Ottoman Empire, Arab nationalist routine first thought of constructing a unified neighborhood association to take the empire's position and current a standard entrance to outdoor powers. yet over the years diverse Arab leaderships deserted this venture and as a substitute followed guidelines attribute of self-interested, territorially restricted states. In his rationalization of this phenomenon, the writer shifts cognizance clear of older debates concerning the origins and improvement of Arab nationalism and analyzes as an alternative how diversified nationalist leaderships replaced the ways in which they carried on diplomatic and strategic family members. He situates this shift within the context of influential sociological theories of kingdom formation, whereas displaying how hard work hobbies and other kinds of renowned mobilization formed the origins of the local states-system.

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150 Interest in regional unity peaked immediately following the fall of France that June. 151 Although the military officers who seized power in Baghdad in April 1941 focused their attention on abolishing Britain’s remaining prerogatives inside Iraq, they retained at least a modicum of interest in regional amalgamation as well. A draft Iraqi-German military agreement drawn up that month, for example, provided for the annexation of Kuwait. 152 Plans for Iraq to merge with surrounding countries received a fillip in June 1941, when British troops ousted the regime of Rashid `Ali al-Kailani and reinstated King Faisal.

Explaining the variation that one observes in the turn to Westphalian sovereignty across the Arab world not only elucidates a basic source of rivalry and conflict in the contemporary Middle East but also underscores the pivotal role that domestic politics plays in constructing foundational international institutions. Chapter One Westphalian Sovereignty Comes to the Arab World Westphalian sovereignty emerged in the contemporary Arab world in a gradual, yet discontinuous, fashion. Some nationalist leaderships championed the strategic interests of their respective countries immediately after the First World War, whereas others remained committed to the goal of establishing an amalgamated political entity into the early 1950s.

Some nationalist leaderships championed the strategic interests of their respective countries immediately after the First World War, whereas others remained committed to the goal of establishing an amalgamated political entity into the early 1950s. In some cases, the shift to a foreign policy predicated on the existence of selfinterested, territorially bounded states took place even before the country concerned gained formal independence, and well before it won effective autonomy from its imperial overlords.

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