Right or Responsibility: A Lesson on Sovereignty

Posted by Ben Gross on January 31, 2013

In our studies of 20th century genocides, we explore the rights and roles of leaders in a sovereign state, and the cardinal rule of state sovereignty that has prohibited intervention: the right to independent authority over a territory. But how should sovereignty be exercised? How do we engage students meaningfully in this question?

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Topics: Facing History Resources, History, Strategies, genocide, Totally Unofficial, Raphael Lemkin, sovereignty, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, CHG

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