Accession Number : ADA257898


Title :   An Historical Comparison Between the Southern Secession Movement of 1860 and the Soviet Secession Movements of Today


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Donner Sr, Michael L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a257898.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 274


Abstract : 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 movement 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.


Descriptors :   *POLITICAL REVOLUTION , USSR , POLITICAL SCIENCE , THEORY , MINORITIES , THESES , HISTORY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE