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Good Fences, Bad NeighborsBorder Fixity and International Conflict$
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Boaz Atzili

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226031354

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031378.001.0001

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Which Wars Make the State and Which States Make War

Which Wars Make the State and Which States Make War

(p.31) Chapter 2 Which Wars Make the State and Which States Make War
Good Fences, Bad Neighbors

Boaz Atzili

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that variations in the sociopolitical strength of states influence how they are affected by the norm of border fixity. It begins by discussing the concept of sociopolitical strength and the different components that determine the strength of the state. Next, it discusses territorial conflicts and the process of state building in a world without fixed borders. This is followed by a discussion on the effects of border fixity on weak states. Finally, the chapter explains why fixed borders and sociopolitically weak states cause many international conflicts.

Keywords:   sociopolitical strength, states, territorial conflicts, state building, fixed borders, border fixity, weak states, international conflicts

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