States, Nations and Borders

The Ethics of Making Boundaries

States, Nations and Borders

This volume examines comparatively the views and principles of seven prominent ethical traditions on the issue of the making of state and national boundaries. The traditions represented are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, natural law, Confucianism, liberalism and international law. Each contributor is an expert within one of these traditions and demonstrates how that tradition can handle the five dominant methods of altering state and national boundaries: conquest, settlement, purchase, inheritance and secession. Readers range from upper-level undergraduates to scholars in philosophy, political science, international relations and comparative religion.


"The editors have drawn together seven different traditions--Jewish, Confucian, Christian, Islamic, natural law, liberal, and international law--which offer various conceptualizations of boundary making and unmaking.... [This volume's real value lies in its ability to bring these traditions in the main discourse on these questions, thus offering readers intriguing new perspectives.... Highly recommended." Choice traditions into the main discourse on these q

'… a more than adequate and well-focused treatment of the ethics of borders from a variety of highly influential traditions.' Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies

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