An historical comparison between the Southern secession movement of 1860 and the Soviet secession movements of today
Donner, Michael L., Sr.
Teti, Frank M.
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This thesis uses an historical interpretation of the Southern secession movement of 1860 in order to formulate a secession theory consisting of three separate elements: 1) the growth of political faction; 2) a characteristic of the factional clash which renders the resulting crisis particularly unsuitable for constitutional or governmental adjudication; and 3) the existence of a subordinate governmental infrastructure, controlled by the minority faction, which can be used to effect a secession movement. An historical review of the Southern secession is undertaken in light of the above secession theory in order to argue for the theory's validity; then, the theory is applied to the various Soviet secession movements with a view towards proposing U.S. policy options.
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