Partition in a Global Context: A talk with Arie Dubnov (George Washington University) and Laura Robson (Portland State University)

Arie Dubnov (George Washington University) and Laura Robson (Portland State University) join us to discuss their book Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism. Partition—the physical division of territory along ethno-religious lines into separate nation-states—is often presented as a successful political "solution" to ethnic conflict. In the twentieth century, at least three new political entities—the Irish Free State, the Dominions (later Republics) of India and Pakistan, and the State of Israel—emerged as results of partition. Profs. Dubnov and Robson will discuss the collective history of the concept of partition, tracing its emergence in the aftermath of the First World War and locating its genealogy in the politics of twentieth-century empire and decolonization as we look to comprehend the arc of the twentieth century’s history, how we arrive at our present, and the continuing relevance of partition as one element of conflict resolution.


Sponsored by:

Israel Institute Teaching Fellow

History Department

British Studies

International Relations and Global Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies 

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Event Type

Arts & Humanities


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public




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