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The Politics of Military Occupation$
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Peter M. R. Stirk

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636716

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636716.001.0001

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Occupation and Obligation

Occupation and Obligation

(p.122) Chapter 5 Occupation and Obligation
The Politics of Military Occupation

Peter M. R. Stirk

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter takes up a theme that is essential to any form of government, namely the political obligation of the inhabitants to the government. Yet if the term military government in the context of occupation has fallen into neglect and disrepute, the concept of obligation has been so entirely repressed as to appear to have left little trace. This was not always the case. Obligation was regarded as central, yet also as problematic. The chapter seeks to explain why discussion of obligation disappeared from the agenda, except in lapidary references in military manuals, and suggests how obligation might be plausibly understood to exist. It does not presume or imply that obligation is owed to the occupation regime regardless of the nature and policies of that regime.

Keywords:   political obligation, government obligation, military government, military manuals, occupation regime

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