Borderlines and Borderlands: Political Oddities at the Edge of the Nation-state

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Alexander C. Diener, Joshua Hagen
Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 - Political Science - 281 pages
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From our earliest schooldays, we are shown the world as a colorful collage of countries, each defined by their own immutable borders. What we often don't realize is that every political boundary was created by people. No political border is more natural or real than another, yet some international borders make no apparent sense at all. While focusing on some of these unusual border shapes, this fascinating book highlights the important truth that all borders, even those that appear "normal," are social constructions. In an era where the continued relevance of the nation state is being questioned and where transnationalism is altering the degree to which borders effectively demarcate spaces of belonging, the contributors argue that this point is vital to our understanding of the world. The unique and compelling histories of some of the world's oddest borders provide an ideal context for this group of experts to offer accessible and enlightening discussions of cultural globalization, economic integration, international migration, imperialism, postcolonialism, global terrorism, nationalism, and supranationalism. Each author's regional expertise enriches a textured account of the historical context in which these borders came into existence as well as their historical and ongoing influence on the people and states they bound. To view more maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection, visit www.davidrumsey.com. Contributions by: Eric D. Carter, Karen Culcasi, Alexander C. Diener, Joshua Hagen, Reece Jones, Robert Lloyd, Nick Megoran, Julian V. Minghi, David Newman, Robert Ostergren, and William C. Rowe.
 

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Contents

Introduction Borders Identity and Geopolitics
1
The Border Enclaves of India and Bangladesh The Forgotten Lands
15
The UzbekistanKyrgyzstan Boundary Stalins Cartography PostSoviet Geography
33
The Wakhan Corridor Endgame of the Great Game
53
The Caprivi Strip of Namibia Shifting Sovereignty and the Negotiation of Boundaries
69
The Renaissance of a Border That Never Died The Green Line between Israel and the West Bank
87
Locating Kurdistan Contextualizing the Regions Ambiguous Boundaries
107
Russias Kaliningrad Exclave Discontinuity as a Threat to Sovereignty
121
Misiones Province Argentina How Borders Shape Political Identity
155
Point Roberts Washington Boundary Problems of an American Exclave
173
Conclusion Borders in a Changing Global Context
189
Notes
195
Glossary
229
Bibliography
237
Index
259
About the Contributors
279

Defining Liechtenstein Sovereign Borders Offshore Banking and National Identity
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Alexander C. Diener is assistant professor of geography at the University of Kansas. Joshua Hagen is associate professor of geography at Marshall University.

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