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(p.1) Introduction
Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect
Luke Glanville
University of Chicago Press

The introduction outlines the purpose of the book: to examine the origins of the present day notion that sovereignty entails a “responsibility to protect.” And it spells out the central claim of the book: far from being a new idea, the notion that sovereigns have responsibilities for the protection of their populations is one with a long and rich history. The introduction outlines the conventional story of sovereignty told in the field of International Relations, offering some initial reasons why the veracity of this story should be doubted, and delineating some tools available for rethinking the history of the relationship between sovereignty and responsibility. The introduction concludes by sketching the plan of the book and anticipating the key implications of its argument.

Keywords:   International Relations, Responsibility, Responsibility to Protect, Sovereignty

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