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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.
Israel Institute Teaching Fellow
International Relations and Global Studies
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm