Arising from nationalism and anti-colonialism, the right of self-determination of nations demands that the international relations be run on a foundation without domination. Possible explosive questions are hidden especially in the related rights of secession. Because, who decides who or what is a nation? The idea collides quickly with the reality of the politics of power and manifests as an illusion that attracts abuse that employs the domestication of the international law up to the present day. It was not only Adolf Hitler who understood perfectly how to exploit the concept of self-determination for his own purposes. In a masterful combination of a terminological, political and cultural study of the concept, Jörg Fisch explains the world history and offers a graphic and concise description of the idea that importantly shaped the world from the 19th century up to this day.
Das Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker. Die Domestizierung einer Illusion [The Right of National Self-Determination. The Domestication of an Illusion] by Jörg Fisch has been translated to Serbian (excerpt) by Slobodan Damnjanović under the title Pravo na samoopredeljenje. Obuzdavanje jedne iluzije, published by Albatros plus, Belgrade.