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Boxing Pandora: Rethinking Borders, States, and Secession in a Democratic World

Timothy William Waters


The inviolability of national borders is an unquestioned pillar of the post-World War II international order. Fixed borders are believed to encourage stability, promote pluralism, and discourage nationalism and intolerance. But do they? What if fixed borders create more problems than they solve, and what if permitting borders to change would create more stability and produce more just societies? This book examines this possibility, showing how we arrived at a system of rigidly bordered states and how the real danger to peace is not the desire of people to form new states but the capacity of ex ... More

Keywords: national borders, fixed borders, bordered states, international order, secession, stability, pluralism, nationalism, intolerance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300235890
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300235890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy William Waters, author
Indiana University