Conclusion: Taking Histories of Post-colonial Statehood Seriously

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)


By arguing that the state in Lebanon and Syria, and—more broadly—the post-colonial state, is the result of a standard of civilization, it is possible to engage in a critical reassessment and reconceptualization of statehood. Here, the concluding chapter of this book, provides a discussion on the importance of taking history seriously with regards to how concepts and frameworks are developed, applied, and viewed as universal in political science and international relations. In doing so, and as argued in the conclusion, it is possible to understand how global structures resulting in the production of the state and classifications of statehood were developed as a consequence of the global transformations of the nineteenth century. By tethering contemporary global dynamics concerning statehood to these histories, it becomes evident that coloniality is reproduced in the conceptual and practical reproduction of statehood.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, School of Languages, Cultures, and SocietiesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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