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Sacred MandatesAsian International Relations since Chinggis Khan$
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Timothy Brook, Michael van Walt van Praag, and Miek Boltjes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226562629

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226562933.001.0001

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The Presence of the Past

The Presence of the Past

(p.183) Chapter Seven The Presence of the Past
Sacred Mandates
Timothy Brook, Michael van Walt van Praag, Miek Boltjes
University of Chicago Press

Creating a meaningful analysis of historical as well as current interpolity relations in Inner and East Asia requires using an entirely different lens than we are accustomed to. By suspending the political and legal baggage of modern concepts of statehood, sovereignty, and independence, we achieve a better-informed assessment of assertions made in support of claims to territory, authority, and related political projects in this part of the world today. By applying this approach, conflict-resolution practitioners will be aware of how states and non-state actors deploy historical narratives to construe the past so as to justify nationalist policies and ambitions in the present, thereby excluding alternative visions of the past and hindering their ability to imagine how relations within and between states might be more effectively ordered today. The chapter offers as examples the conflicting narratives concerning the South China Sea, Preah Vihear, Arunachal Pradesh, the Senkaku Islands, and the selection of the present Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. Unblocking these sovereignty conflicts requires a major pluralistic reinterpretation of the Asian past if we are to achieve a more open understanding of the present.

Keywords:   South China Sea, conflict resolution, Dalai Lama, empire, imperialism, India, intrastate conflict, historical narratives, national history, peace negotiation

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