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    DescriptionTerritory is one of the central political concepts of the modern world and, indeed, functions as the primary way the world is divided and controlled politically. Yet territory has not received the critical attention afforded to other crucial concepts such as sovereignty, rights, and justice. While territory continues to matter politically, and territorial disputes and arrangements are studied in detail, the concept of territory itself is often neglected today. Where did the idea of exclusive ownership of a portion of the earth's surface come from, and what kinds of complexities are hidden behind that seemingly straightforward definition? The Birth of Territory provides a detailed account of the emergence of territory within Western political thought. Looking at ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and early modern thought, Stuart Elden examines the evolution of the concept of territory from ancient Greece to the seventeenth century to determine how we arrived at our contemporary understanding. Elden addresses a range of historical, political, and literary texts and practices, as well as a number of key players - historians, poets, philosophers, theologians, and secular political theorists - and in doing so sheds new light on the way the world came to be ordered and how the earth's surface is divided, controlled, and administered.

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    The Birth of Territory
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stuart Elden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 488
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 689 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226202570
    ISBN 10: 0226202577

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    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SCI030000, HIS016000
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    DC23: 320.12
    LC classification: JC319 .E44 2013
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/POLTAS
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    9 halftones, 6 line drawings
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    18 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Stuart Elden is professor of political geography at Durham University, UK, and social sciences director of Durham's Institute of Advanced Study. He is the author of four books, including, most recently, Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty.
    Review quote
    "This is a brilliant intellectual exegesis of the concept of territory that will be of wide interest in a range of academic fields, from international relations to historical sociology and the history of political thought." (John Agnew, University of California, Los Angeles)"