Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Politics in Urban Spaces by Diane E. Davis, Nora Libertun de Duren

By Diane E. Davis, Nora Libertun de Duren

Towns have lengthy been linked to range and tolerance, yet from Jerusalem to Belfast to the Basque nation, a number of the such a lot intractable conflicts of the previous century have performed out in city areas. The members to this interdisciplinary quantity research the interrelationships of ethnic, racial, spiritual, or different id conflicts and bigger battles over sovereignty and governance. less than what stipulations do identification conflicts undermine the legitimacy and tool of geographical regions, empires, or city gurus? Does the city equipped setting play a task in remedying or exacerbating such conflicts? using comparative research, those case reports from the center East, Europe, and South and Southeast Asia boost our figuring out of the origins and nature of city clash.

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2 Eventually, this ended up hurting the Ottoman government’s ability to dominate its own territory. It was only in 1914, when Turkey entered World War I as an ally of German and Austro-Â�Hungarian powers, that the Capitulations were officially rejected. The Turkish Ambassador submitted a note to the United States Secretary of State on September 1914. It reads “Sir: I have the honor to inform you that by Imperial Irade [decree] the Ottoman government has abrogated as from the first of October next the conventions known as the Capitulations restricting the sovereignty of Turkey in its relations with certain Powers.

However, after the Peace of Westphalia (1648), when modern European nations abandoned the principle of extraterritoriality in favor of the enforcement of local laws in correspondence to country boundaries, Ottoman power was weakened. 2 Eventually, this ended up hurting the Ottoman government’s ability to dominate its own territory. It was only in 1914, when Turkey entered World War I as an ally of German and Austro-Â�Hungarian powers, that the Capitulations were officially rejected. The Turkish Ambassador submitted a note to the United States Secretary of State on September 1914.

Foreign residents were an extra challenge for Ottoman control, not because of their power, but because of their weakness. Being mostly part of non-Â�Muslim religious communities or charity institutions, they required foreign nations’ tutelage. 20 Nora Libertun de Duren But this protection was not to be awarded for free, and as long as the Capitulation treaties were in effect, European countries took advantage of the unique legal arrangement to force their influence on Jerusalem’s territories. One of the most controversial issues in the administration of Jerusalem was the increased flow of Jewish migrants from Western nations, who had been formally barred since the early 1880s.

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