Borders: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 22, 2012

byAlexander C. Diener, Joshua Hagen

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Compelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives. Highlighting the historical development andcontinued relevance of borders, Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen offer a powerful counterpoint to the idea of an imminent borderless world, underscoring the impact borders have on a range of issues, such as economic development, inter- and intra-state conflict, global terrorism, migration,nationalism, international law, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management. Diener and Hagen demonstrate how and why borders have been, are currently, and will undoubtedly remain hot topics across the social sciences and in the global headlines for years to come.

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Compelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives. Highlighting the historical development andcontinued relevance of borders, Alexander C...

Alexander C. Diener is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. Joshua Hagen is Professor of Geography at Marshall University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:August 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199731500

ISBN - 13:9780199731503

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Table of Contents

1. A Very Bordered World2. Borders and Territory in the Ancient World3. The Modern State System4. The Practice of Bordering5. Border Crossers and Border Crossings6. Cross-border Institutions and Systems7. A Very Bordered FutureFurther ReadingIndex