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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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Preconditions to State Building: Making the Case for Comparison

Preconditions to State Building: Making the Case for Comparison

(p.57) Chapter 3 Preconditions to State Building: Making the Case for Comparison
Good Fences, Bad Neighbors

Boaz Atzili

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the conditions that may facilitate or impede state building. It explores case studies that illustrate the effect of border norms on weak states, examining four cases at its initial stage—Brandenburg-Prussia in 1640, Argentina in 1810, Lebanon in 1943, and Congo in 1960. The preconditions explored are economic conditions, arbitrary borders and ethnic diversity, administrative capacity, and population density.

Keywords:   state building, border norms, weak states, Brandenburg-Prussia, Argentina, Lebanon, Congo

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