'Possession is nine tenths of the law': Britain and the boundaries of Eastern Europe since 1945

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dc.contributor.author Hughes, R. G.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-05T15:15:05Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-05T15:15:05Z
dc.date.issued 2005-12-04
dc.identifier.citation Hughes , R G 2005 , ' 'Possession is nine tenths of the law': Britain and the boundaries of Eastern Europe since 1945 ' Diplomacy & Statecraft , vol 16 , no. 4 , pp. 723-747 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0959-2296
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80709
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/795
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/795
dc.description Hughes, R. G., ''Possession is nine tenths of the law': Britain and the boundaries of Eastern Europe since 1945', Diplomacy and Statecraft, (2005) 16(4) pp.723-747 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract This article argues that British policy on boundaries in Eastern Europe after 1945 was based on hardheaded Realpolitik whereby the justice of any given border was of entirely secondary importance to wider policy imperatives. British disregard for the legal and moral merits (or demerits) of respective cases was justified by British policy makers on two counts: firstly, international relations could not assess boundary disputes on a case-by-case basis as such thinking had undermined international stability to the point of global conflagration after 1918; secondly, British policy makers declared that it was their aim to stabilize the international system by means of dtente. In reality, the proclaimed goal of universally beneficial goals by means of a “pragmatic” consolidation of the status quo hid a real desire to institutionalise a system that was seen as the best possible option for Britain given the harsh reality of its relative decline after 1945. en
dc.format.extent 25 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Diplomacy & Statecraft en
dc.title 'Possession is nine tenths of the law': Britain and the boundaries of Eastern Europe since 1945 en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09592290500331022
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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