By Tamar Meisels (auth.)
Liberal defences of nationalism, wide-spread because the mid-1980’s, have mostly overlooked the truth that nationalism is essentially approximately land. Territorial Rights examines the general varieties of territorial claims as a rule recommend via nationwide teams as justification for his or her territorial calls for, in the framework of what has end up referred to as ‘liberal nationalism’.
"When it seemed in 2005, Territorial Rights stuffed a void in liberal nationalist idea. during this moment version, Meisels consists of her refined and systematic pondering at the subject extra, partially via deftly and constructively responding to the literature that the 1st version spawned."
Allen Buchanan,Duke college, USA
"The query of who's entitled to workout jurisdiction over which land is of primary theoretical and sensible value. It has, despite the fact that, been missed by way of modern political philosophers. In her considerate and stimulating paintings, Territorial Rights, Tamar Meisels offers a far wanted research of the normative concerns concerned. Territorial Rights is a finished, rigorous and illuminating research. It presents either an evaluate of competing philosophical views and a defence of a liberal nationalist point of view on territory. In doing so it comprises instructive discussions of the results of Locke's political idea for territorial rights, and the continued relevance of ancient injustices. it might be of curiosity to somebody attracted to questions of territorial rights (and certainly an individual drawn to problems with international justice extra generally)."
Simon Caney,Magdalen university, Oxford, UK
"Even the main cursory studying, of the burgeoning literature on worldwide distributive justice and simply conflict, unearths a growing to be appreciation of the foundational position that territorial rights needs to play in developing a coherent idea of what international locations owe to each other. Tamar Meisels presents us with a hard, accomplished, and hugely unique research of ways such rights are constituted and the stipulations lower than which they are often justified. these, like myself, who've complicated a in basic terms individualistic view of the foundation of territorial rights, must perform a little severe grappling together with her many robust arguments in the event that they are effectively to maintain that view."
Hillel Steiner FBA,University of Manchester, UK
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And on the liberal-nationalist account, which is presupposed here throughout, nationalism is of value (if it is), because of its value to individuals. The perception of national territory as nothing but a conglomerate of real-estate holdings ascribes solely material value to national territory. It thus fails to capture the historical dimension and related cultural value which members of nations attribute to the lands they lay claim to. It is only by virtue of their group membership, of their membership in a collective, that they possess a special interest in any particular land in question.
For another thing, as mentioned in the previous section, one need not view all historical arguments in terms of first-occupancy claims. 27 The internal logic of such a conception places its own restraints on the scope of territories whose acquisition could be legitimized by historical rights. 28 Interpreting historical rights as rights to formative territories, also serves to overcome Moore’s first, factual, objection. Recognizing the significance of nations’ historic ties to territory does not require us to establish historically who was there first.
3 From Time Immemorial Recent philosophical literature on nationalism, as well as recent history and current affairs, supply us with ample examples of first occupancy claims, such as the aforementioned Serbs’ claim to Kosovo. Such arguments also arise within the 36 3 ‘Historical Rights’ to Land Hungarian-Romanian dispute over Transylvania, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the various aboriginal demands in countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand. 30 Usually those voicing such claims while inhabiting their original territories do not have control over them.
Territorial Rights by Tamar Meisels (auth.)