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Single Idea 20564

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / c. A unified people]

Full Idea

Nationalist movements seeking to throw off the yoke of colonial rule are often motivated by a sense that their 'people' have the right to self-determination.

Gist of Idea

Anti-colonial movements usually invoke the right of their 'people' to self-determination


Adam Swift (Political Philosophy (3rd ed) [2014], 5 'Intrinsic 1')

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.213

A Reaction

In 2017, Basques, Catalans and Kurds come to mind. The whole of Africa was an example of this c.1950-80, but there was uncertainty about states, tribes and language groups.