Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood
Yale University Press, Jun 26, 2018 - Social Science - 295 pages
A journalist explores how our world’s borders came to be and how self-proclaimed countries across the globe could change the map.
What is a country? While certain basic criteria—borders, a government, and recognition from other countries—seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating investigates what happens in areas of the world that exist as exceptions to these rules. Invisible Countries looks at semiautonomous countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and Somaliland, as well as a Mohawk reservation straddling the U.S.-Canada border, and an island nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change.
Through stories about these would-be countries’ efforts at self-determination, Keating shows that there is no universal legal authority determining what a country is. He also argues that economic, cultural, and environmental forces could soon bring an end to our long period of cartographical stasis. Keating combines history with incisive observations drawn from his travels and interviews with residents, political leaders, and scholars in each of these “invisible countries.”
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Knights of the East Side
Virtual Countries Real Borders
Land of the Free
Out of State
Other editions - View all
Common terms and phrases
Abkhazia Africa Akwesasne American Arab argue asked authority Bangladesh become borders British building called Canada central century citizens claims climate change colonial continue countries country’s cultural divided East economic Empire ethnic Europe European existing fighting forces foreign French future global human idea independence Indian Iraq Iraqi Iroquois ISIS island it’s Italy Kiribati Kurdish Kurdistan Kurds land live look major March Middle military Mohawk nearly never North officials once Peace political population preserve president problem question recognition recognized refugees region Republic rule Russian side Somalia Somaliland South sovereign sovereignty Soviet stasis status Syria territory there’s things told treaty Union United United Nations Western York