The Frontier of Loyalty

Political Exiles in the Age of the Nation-State
New Edition
Yossi Shain
An eminently readable analysis of the political importance of exile, using case studies of widely-varied cultures to explore the new face of global politics


Even in this age of free-flowing global information, capital, and people, sovereign states and boundaries remain the hallmark of the international order---a fact which is especially clear from the events of September 11th and the War on Terrorism.

The Frontier of Loyalty is the first book to closely analyze the influence of exiles—a distinctly transnational group—on international relations. In hisexpansive introduction to this new edition, author Yossi Shain asks, "Who is the exile?. . . What influence do they exert on the politics of their homeland, of their host nation, of the relations between the two?" Shain finds one answer in the subtle but pervasive influence of exiles on the new politics of global communications: a phenomenon long overlooked by IR scholars and political commentators.

Yossi Shain is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and is Professor of Government and Diaspora Politics at Georgetown University.

Praise / Awards

  • "An ingenious and sensitive analysis of political exiles as 'voice from without,' which contributes to our understanding of the transnational character of contemporary politics."
    —Aristide R. Zolberg, New School for Social Research

  • "The Frontier of Loyalty is the first comprehensive and theoretically oriented study of exile politics; the types of exile activity; the relation to both the home and host governments; and the difficulties and ambiguities of exile politics, particularly the struggle for legitimacy as spokesman for the opposition at home and for recognition from the outside."
    —Juan J. Linz, Yale University

  • "Drawing upon a wide literature on contemporary political exiles, Yossi Shain presents a sophisticated, learned and sensible survey of their place in political life today. More important, his meditation on the role of exiles proves such essential political categories as legitimacy, national loyalty, and opposition in the modern state. One test of any work of scholarship is whether it enhances our understanding of concepts that we have previously taken for granted. By this measure, Shain's book passes with flying colors."
    —Michael R. Marrus, University of Toronto

  • "Given the role played by political exiles in the Iraq war, the re-issue of Yossi Shain's book is particularly timely. This is a fascinating study of the strange but formidable politics of exiled intellectuals and activists."
    —Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

  • "Yossi Shain's seminal study, at the frontiers of scholarship when it first appeared, is today all the more timely in a world of heightened mass mobility, new forms of political community, and clashing claims to popular loyalties. Highly illuminating and highly readable."
    —Rogers M. Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

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Copyright © 1989, 2005, Yossi Shain. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 248pp.
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  • Paper
  • 2005
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  • 978-0-472-03042-2

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