‘Mr Hinsley displays a rare mastery in weaving together the separate strands of the evolution of political ideas and of political organisation learned, stimulated, . Making sense of sovereignty. Ian Clark. Alan James, Sovereign Statehood: The Basis of International Society, London: Allen and Unwin, F. H. Hinsley. Sovereignty has 5 ratings and 1 review. Professor Hinsley’s book, first published in , offers a general survey of the history of the theory of sovere.

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Christendom Church claim classical community’s concept of sovereignty conflict conquest constitutional contract Crown distinction Divine Right doctrine emergence Empire established Europe Europe’s existence F. Over time, European integration has widened, as the institution now consists of twenty-eight members, and deepened, as it did in the Maastricht Treaty, which expanded the institution’s powers and reconfigured it as the European Union.

It also spans and connects the different intellectual aspects of the concept of sovereignty: An assemblage of states forms a sovereign states system.

Though in early modern times, kings would hold this authority, later practitioners of it would include the people ruling through a constitution, nations, the Communist Party, dictators, juntas, and theocracies. Like Jouvenel, Maritain rues the exaltation of the sovereign’s will such that what is just is what serves his interest.

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About the Impossibility of Absolute State Sovereignty: In the contemporary era, some body of law is ubiquitously the source of sovereignty. Responsibility to Protect has garnered wide international attention and serves as a manifesto for a concept of sovereignty that is non-absolute and conditional upon outside obligations.

Though territoriality has existed in different eras and locales, other principles of membership like family kinship, religion, tribe, and feudal ties have also held great prestige. History of Western Philosophy. As a Catholic philosopher, Maritain’s arguments run similar to Christian philosophers of early modern Europe who criticized absolute sovereignty. My library Help Advanced Book Search.



Significantly, external sovereignty depends on recognition by outsiders. Like Bodin, Hobbes also thought the sovereign to be accountable to God and most likely to the natural law in some form.

Subsequent human rights covenants, also signed by the vast majority of the world’s states, contained similar sovereignfy.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The character of the holder of supreme sovereognty within a territory is probably the most important dimension of sovereignty.

Supremacy is what makes the constitution of the United States superior to the government of Pennsylvania, or any holder of sovereignty different from a police chief or corporate executive.

Nowhere in the settlement’s treaties is a sovereign states system or even the state as the reigning legitimate unit, prescribed. Witnessing the rise of the formidable entity of the state, they sought to place limits on its power and authority.

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In a series of several episodes beginning inthe United Nations or another international organization has endorsed a political action, usually involving military force, that the broad hisley of states would have previously regarded as illegitimate sovereitnty in internal affairs. The Rise of the Sovereign State: They are the ancestors of those who now demand limits on the state’s authority in the name of human rights, of the right to quell genocide and disaster and deliver relief from the outside, of an international criminal court, and of a supranational entity that assumes power of governance over economic, and now, maybe, military affairs.

But there is in fact a definition that captures what sovereignty came to mean in early modern Europe and of which most subsequent definitions are a variant: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A final ingredient of sovereignty is territoriality, also a feature of political authority in modernity. Theory and Practice Supreme authority with a territory — within this definition, sovereignty can then be understood more precisely only through its history.


The Evolution of An IdeaCambridge: To states, this recognition is what a no-trespassing law is to private property — a set of mutual understandings that give property, or the state, immunity from hinslet interference. Their thought is sovereignth entirely new, for even sogereignty early modern times, philosophers like Hugo Grotius, Alberico Gentili, and Francisco Suarez, though they accepted the state as a legitimate institution, thought that its authority ought to be limited, not absolute.

On the Question of Political Beginnings. Kurios George and the Sovereign State.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The change began when the concept of the body of Christ evolved into a notion of two bodies — one, the corpus naturalethe consecrated host on the altar, the other, the corpus mysticumthe social body of the church with its attendant administrative structure.

Two of the most prominent attacks on sovereignty by political philosophers since World War II came in the s from Bertrand de Jouvenel and Jacques Maritain. Understanding sovereignty, then, involves understanding claims to it, or at least some of the most important of these claims.

In two broad respects, though, hisley both legal prerogatives and practical powers, the system of sovereign states triumphed. After decades of armed contestation, the design of the Peace of Augsburg was finally consolidated, not in the exact form ofbut effectively establishing the authority of princes and kings over religion.

It is a feature of authority all across the globe. Territoriality is a principle by which members of a community are to be defined.