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Cyber ThreatsThe Emerging Fault Lines of the Nation State$
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Susan W Brenner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385014.001.0001

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Order & Disorder: Crime, War, and Terrorism

Order & Disorder: Crime, War, and Terrorism

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(p.13) Chapter 2 Order & Disorder: Crime, War, and Terrorism
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Cyber Threats
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Susan W. Brenner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385014.003.0002

This chapter argues that the rules modern human social systems devise to maintain system order are, almost exclusively, territorially based. That is, each system, or society, is situated in a territorially circumscribed space to which it lays claim by the tenets of some applicable law, by the force of weapons, and/or by whatever other standard applies. This is a trait human social systems share with the systems established by other biological species, but, the modern nation-state has taken the systemic focus on territory to a new level.

Keywords:   human social systems, territoriality, nation-state, external order, internal order, crime control

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