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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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Losing Homelands and Conflict

Losing Homelands and Conflict

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(p.176) 6 Losing Homelands and Conflict
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Homelands
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Nadav G. Shelef

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453489.003.0007

This chapter uses the measure of the homeland status of lost lands to test the critical implication of the argument that homelands matter. It demonstrates that the rhetorical delineation of the homeland is not inconsequential talk. Losing territory that is discursively defined as part of the homeland is associated with more subsequent conflict than losing territory that is not categorized as part of the homeland, even when the material (economic, strategic, and demographic) aspects of the territory and the characteristics of the states facing each other across the new border are accounted for. The converse is also true. The withdrawal of homeland territoriality from lost lands is also associated with a reduction in many forms of international conflict.

Keywords:   homelands, lost lands, borders, homeland territoriality, international conflict, lost territory

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