Statelessness: A Modern History (Hardback)
  • Statelessness: A Modern History (Hardback)
zoom

Statelessness: A Modern History (Hardback)

(author)
£30.95
Hardback 328 Pages
Published: 06/10/2020
  • In stock
  • Free UK delivery

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

The story of how a much-contested legal category—statelessness—transformed the international legal order and redefined the relationship between states and their citizens.

Two world wars left millions stranded in Europe. The collapse of empires and the rise of independent states in the twentieth century produced an unprecedented number of people without national belonging and with nowhere to go. Mira Siegelberg’s innovative history weaves together ideas about law and politics, rights and citizenship, with the intimate plight of stateless persons, to explore how and why the problem of statelessness compelled a new understanding of the international order in the twentieth century and beyond.

In the years following the First World War, the legal category of statelessness generated novel visions of cosmopolitan political and legal organization and challenged efforts to limit the boundaries of national membership and international authority. Yet, as Siegelberg shows, the emergence of mass statelessness ultimately gave rise to the rights regime created after World War II, which empowered the territorial state as the fundamental source of protection and rights, against alternative political configurations.

Today we live with the results: more than twelve million people are stateless and millions more belong to categories of recent invention, including refugees and asylum seekers. By uncovering the ideological origins of the international agreements that define categories of citizenship and non-citizenship, Statelessness better equips us to confront current dilemmas of political organization and authority at the global level.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674976313
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Illuminating and rich…Over 10 million people are stateless today, and governments seem hell-bent on increasing their numbers…Siegelberg’s account offers a sober corrective to dewy-eyed stories in which the formation of postwar international institutions like the U.N. curtailed state-inflicted cruelties. - Udi Greenberg, New Republic

Siegelberg’s book is the first to consider the evolution of statelessness as a legal, humanitarian, and philosophical matter. It’s an essential contribution to scholarship on the subject, and it could not appear at a more fitting time. - Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, New York Review of Books

Drawing on a wide variety of archival sources…she documents how the problem of statelessness informed theories of human rights and sovereignty…A comprehensive overview of international perspectives and experiences concerning statelessness and the modern state’s power to exclude. - Laura van Waas and Natalie Brinham, Project Syndicate

Statelessness is a remarkable work of scholarship…This is an extraordinarily erudite historical study, a seminal work which fills critical gaps in the existing literature…Essential background for the twenty-first century reader. - Brad K. Blitz, Society

A masterful work of international legal history…provides invaluable context to the development of the modern legal order and the place of the individual within it…we would do well to reexamine our protection frameworks from this historical perspective. - Melissa Stewart, American Journal of International Law

Demonstrate[s] just how late the conceptual and legal borders of our political world map were drawn…Statelessness concerns the ways in which international lawyers and political scientists have responded to the modern phenomenon of exclusion and displacement that characterized much of the twentieth century and that forced new ways of thinking about the role of borders and boundaries of membership. - Ruth Balint, Australian Book Review

[An] important study. - Francis Wade, The Baffler

Compelling…This is an impressive work that shows the impact of legal thought on social reality and the significance of possessing a (legal) identity—both at the beginning of the twentieth century and today…Siegelberg’s text is an important contribution, as she makes the understudied topic of statelessness intelligible and, on top of that, demonstrates how it intertwines with other foundational political concepts, such as sovereignty, citizenship, and human rights. - Isadora Dullaert, LSE Review of Books

A necessary exploration of the development of statelessness as a Western philosophical and jurisprudential concept in the early and mid-twentieth century…A must-read for scholars and legal professionals studying citizenship and/or working on immigration, political theory, and human rights as it provides a needed engagement with statelessness as a contentious concept…A fascinating and important read. - Brittany Lehman, EuropeNow

A fine-grained history of statelessness. - James H. McDonald, New York Journal of Books

A huge group of essentially disenfranchised, homeless people emerged after 1920. Siegelberg's book tackles discussions of their precarious legal status through a fascinating wealth of primary sources. The historian…not only tracks the scholarly discourse on international law, but also analyzes court cases and draws on manifestos and brochures from international organizations. She also cites novels that center on stateless people and their fate. - Miloš Vec, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Mira Siegelberg demonstrates that the question of statelessness, now a relatively minor aspect of a larger refugee crisis, in fact lies at the heart of the transformations in legal consciousness that produced the fragile and often ambiguous postwar international rights regime. Statelessness is an important book and a magnificent achievement. - Mark Mazower, author of Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century

A book equal parts compelling and sobering, Statelessness lives up to the importance of its topic. Siegelberg writes conceptual history for our twenty-first-century world. - Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, University of California, Berkeley

Mira Siegelberg’s relentless and imaginative exploration of statelessness in the twentieth century ranges across several disciplines, languages, and legal traditions. Along the way, she manages to recast core episodes in the history of modern political and legal thought. And, even more, she models an ambitious approach to a critical history of international law. - Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University

This insightful and well-written work opens up a new perspective on the formation of our present international order and the place of individuals within it. With mass migration caused by wars and, in the future, by climate change, the problem of statelessness is not going to go away. In a moment when we need to think again about the relationship between states and individuals, this book is a good place from which to start. - Martti Koskenniemi, author of The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law, 1870–1960

You may also be interested in...

The Escape Artist
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Story of Russia
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Johnson at 10
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
The War on the West
Added to basket
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
Free
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Young Queens
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Russia
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Colonialism
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
SPQR
Added to basket
£10.99   £11.99
Paperback
Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
Arise, England
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.99
Hardback
The Russo-Ukrainian War
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
House of Lilies
Added to basket
£30.00   £26.99
Hardback
The Rest is History
Added to basket
£18.99   £14.99
Hardback
Homelands
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: