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date: 13 December 2019

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This chapter notes that sovereign States have been the backbone of the international community since its inception. They have been the primary actors on the international scene, but have always been polarized, and their actions have essentially been based on self-interest. However, they also needed social intercourse with other States in order to survive and flourish. Nevertheless, the ‘sociability’ of States has not led them to create a community proper, the society of mankind dreamed by Grotius. Each sovereign State continues to pursue its own interest, although now, much more so than in the past, it has to take into account pressures, incentives, and exhortations of other subjects. The chapter also explores when the individual State’s authority might be replaced by the power of the community.

Keywords: sovereign States, modern State, international community, international society

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