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The Question of InterventionJohn Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect$
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Michael W. Doyle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300172638

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300172638.001.0001

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Exceptions That Disregard

Exceptions That Disregard

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(p.76) 3 Exceptions That Disregard
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The Question of Intervention
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Michael W. Doyle

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300172638.003.0003

Nonintervention can be disregarded in exceptional cases in order to respect self determination. The first disregarding example occurs when more than one nation struggles in one state's territory; and secession is the just outcome. The second occurs when other states have already intervened and unbalanced the local self-determining struggle, and counterintervention is the right response. And the third arises when the polities in question may not have a singular self or be capable of self-determination; and then, Mill claims, benign imperial rule is the right response. But his example of the last in Oude (Awadh) India in 1858 does not clearly support his argument.

Keywords:   Secession, Belgium 1830, Hungarian rebellion 1848–49, Counterintervention, Benign imperialism, Oude (Awadh) India

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