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Multination States in Asia
Accommodation or Resistance

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Jacques Bertrand, André Laliberté, Anthony Reid, Rajeev Bhargava, Sumit Ganguly, Sujit Choudhry, Ardeth Thawnghmung, Gary Tuttle, Edward Schatz
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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143639

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  • As countries in Asia try to create unified polities, many face challenges from minority groups within their own borders seeking independence. This volume brings together international experts on countries in all regions of Asia to debate how differently they have responded to this problem. Why have some Asian countries, for example, clamped down on their national minorities in favour of homogeneity, whereas others have been willing to accommodate statehood or at least some form of political autonomy? Together they suggest broad patterns and explanatory factors that are rooted in the domestic arena, including state structure and regime type, as well as historical trajectories. In particular, they find that the paths to independence, as well as the cultural elements that have been selected to define post-colonial identities, have decisively influenced state strategies. This is a global phenomenon – and the book explains the broader theoretical and political implications – but violence and ethnic unrest have been particularly prevalent in Asia, and this is as true of China in its relationship to Tibet, as of Burma and Sri Lanka in relation to their national minorities. As the first book to analyse this phenomenon across Asia, it will attract a readership of students and scholars across a broad range of disciplines.

    • Each chapter presents a specific study that focuses on a country or a region. Each stands on its own, but read in conjunction with the others, it builds the case for generalizations
    • Tables and charts allow for cross-regional comparisons
    • The maps allow readers to quickly locate regions that may otherwise be difficult to find
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    “Bertrand et al. offer readers a detailed and much-needed account of the dynamics that have gone into shaping state responses to the claims of sub-state national groups in Asia. By using a broad array of cases the authors have greatly added to existing literature that questions just how well democracies and semi-democracies respond to sub-state national claims, especially those that may threaten the integrity of the state.” -Lacey Bradley-Storey, Northeastern University, Journal of Chinese Political Science

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143639
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 6 maps 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jacques Bertrand and André Laliberté
    1. Revolutionary state formation and the Unitary Republic of Indonesia Anthony Reid
    2. The crisis of border states in India Rajeev Bhargava
    3. Pakistan: neither state nor nation Sumit Ganguly
    4. Constitutional politics and crisis in Sri Lanka Sujit Choudry
    5. The dilemmas of Burma's multinational society Ardeth Thawnghmung
    6. The double-edged sword of autonomy in Indonesia and the Philippines Jacques Bertrand
    7. China and the virtual Taiwan nation André Laliberté
    8. The failure of China's ideologies in Tibet Gary Tuttle
    9. Leninism's long shadow in central Asia Edward Schatz
    Conclusion Jacques Bertrand and André Laliberté.

  • Editors

    Jacques Bertrand, University of Toronto
    Jacques Bertrand is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Indonesia (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

    Andre Laliberte, University of Ottawa
    André Laliberté is Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan, 1989–2003 (2004) and has edited, with Marc Lanteigne, The Chinese Party-State at the Turn of the Millennium: Legitimacy and Adaptation (2008).


    Jacques Bertrand, André Laliberté, Anthony Reid, Rajeev Bhargava, Sumit Ganguly, Sujit Choudhry, Ardeth Thawnghmung, Gary Tuttle, Edward Schatz

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