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HomelandsShifting Borders and Territorial Disputes$
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Nadav G. Shelef

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453489

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453489.001.0001

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Homelands and Change in a Stateless Nation

Homelands and Change in a Stateless Nation

(p.108) 4 Homelands and Change in a Stateless Nation

Nadav G. Shelef

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how the drawing of a new border failed to resolve the conflict over Palestine. It shows, however, that the same domestic political mechanisms that governed changes to the definition of the homeland in the German and Italian contexts operated in the setting of a stateless nationalist movement as well. Focusing on the extent (and limits) of the changes in the territorial claims of the main Palestinian nationalist movements, the chapter expands one's view beyond the conventional focus on states in studies of territorial conflict. Doing so is useful because, by definition, the main actors in most secessionist conflicts are stateless. A more complete understanding of the role homelands play in conflict thus requires including those secessionist movements that are conventionally excluded from analyses pitched at the level of the state.

Keywords:   border, Palestine, domestic politics, homeland, stateless nationalist movement, territorial claims, Palestinian nationalist movements, territorial conflict, secessionist conflicts, secessionist movements

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