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Nationalism has been a driving force in both nation building and in spurring high levels of violence. As nations have become the norm in modern day society, nationalism has become detrimental to international law, which protects the powers of sovereignty. In the latter part of the twentieth century, secessionist groups and the international community alike have disputed the call for independence by citing the right to majority rule, despite legally bound borders. This paper examines the history of nationalism, with particular emphasis on the cases Serbia and Armenia. It explores the history of two disputed regions-Kosovo and Nagorno Karabakh, and analyzes those tragic events in the 1990's that placed them on the forefront of international relations.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of International Affairs in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Includes bibliographical references.
Jonathan Grant, Professor Directing Thesis; Peter Garretson, Committee Member; Mark Souva, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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