1st Edition

Separatism and the State

By Damien Kingsbury Copyright 2021
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book proposes and tests a ‘theory of separatism’ to determine if there are key commonalities as to why separatist movements rise and what fuels them.

    In the post-Cold War period separatism has been on the rise. Today, there are more than 100 active separatist movements, with around 70 of them engaging in violence. This book focuses on examples from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to highlight the commonalities found across the case studies. It examines the idea of separatism, to better understand what drives movements to break away from preexisting states; demonstrates the factors which produce both violent separatism and the rise of armed non-state actors; and shows the options for the resolution of such conflict, based on considering claims for separatism from the perspectives of separatist movements.

    This book will be applicable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of International Relations and International Politics as well as Conflict/Peace Studies, Anthropology and Post-Colonial Studies.


    1. Introduction: The State and Non-State Actors

    2. A Brief History of Separatism

    3. A Theory of Separatism

    4. Separatist Conflict

    5. Successful Separatist Movements

    6. Separatism in Europe

    7. Separatism in the Middle-East

    8. Separatism in Africa

    9. Separatism in South Asia

    10. Separatism in South-east Asia and the Pacific

    11. Conclusion


    Damien Kingsbury holds a Personal Chair and is Professor of International Politics at Deakin University, Australia. His research interests include the politics of South-East Asia, particularly Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Sri Lanka; the role of the military in politics; security and terrorism; post-colonial political structures and nation formation; assertions of self-determination; and civil and political rights. He is widely published, having written, edited or co-edited more than two dozen books on these subjects.