Who's Afraid of Violent Language?: Honour, Sovereignty and Claims-making in the League of Nations

Cowan, Jane K (2003) Who's Afraid of Violent Language?: Honour, Sovereignty and Claims-making in the League of Nations. Anthropological Theory, 3 (3). pp. 271-291. ISSN 1463-4996

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Abstract

The peace treaties following the Great War dictated that certain nation-states accept, as the price of international recognition, agreements to protect the rights of their minority populations. Responsibility to 'guarantee' and 'supervise' the minority treaties fell to a novel and untried international institution, the League of Nations. It established the 'minority petition procedure', an unprecedented innovation within international relations that initiated transnational claims-making. Focusing on the supervision of agreements pertaining to the Macedonian region, I examine how the Minorities Section of the League of Nations Secretariat handled 'minority petitions' alleging state infractions of minority treaties. I consider, in particular, a preoccupation among both bureaucrats and states with 'violent language' in petitions. I argue that this preoccupation signalled anxieties about honour, sovereignty and legitimacy, about the ambiguous position of 'minority states' and about the potentially explosive effects of popular energies in the post-war international order.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Jane Cowan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:10
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 13:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10668
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