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 and continued 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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"From private gated communities to fenced national borders and from gerrymandered electoral districts to bounded fiscal spaces, we all live with (and against) barriers. This lively, brief, current, impressively comprehensive and theoretically as well as philosophically inclusive 'introduction' is much more than that - it's terrific coverage."--Harm de Blij, John A. Hannah Professor, Michigan State University
Chapter 1: A Very Bordered WorldChapter 2: Borders and Territory in the Ancient World Chapter 3: The Modern State System Chapter 4: The Practice of Bordering Chapter 5: Border Crossers and Border Crossings Chapter 6: Cross-border Institutions and Systems Chapter 7: A Very Bordered Future