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Boxing PandoraRethinking Borders, States, and Secession in a Democratic World$
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Timothy William Waters

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300235890

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300235890.001.0001

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The Map of Our World: The Limits of the Classical System

The Map of Our World: The Limits of the Classical System

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Boxing Pandora

Timothy William Waters

Yale University Press

This chapter surveys current law and politics, revealing a period of ferment and stagnation: the postwar order in its late, classical decadence. By the 1970s, the world had settled on the classical model of self-determination—a formal set of rules, elegant and stable in its principles and assumptions. Of course, in reality such models and moments are anything but stable, and ever since there has been almost continuous ferment and change. Indeed, one could say that as the classical model was announced, even while it was still forming, the world entered into the postclassical era, in which the classical model persists, still dominant but increasingly indeterminate, insensible, decaying, unable to explain its own premises or operate effectively: an age of self-determinative decadence. The chapter then explores the elements and operations of the classical model, including recent challenges.

Keywords:   law, politics, postwar order, classical model, self-determination, postclassical era, rules

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