Nationalising and Denationalising European Border Regions, 1800-2000

Nationalising and Denationalising European Border Regions, 1800-2000 : Views from Geography and History

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Over the 19th and 20th centuries, the political map of Europe changed considerably. At the end of this period, there were remarkably contrasting tendencies concerning the functions and densities of borders. The borders inside the European Union lost their importance, whereas Central and Eastern Europe saw the birth of a multitude of new state borders. The long-term study of border regions, therefore, is a relevant subject for geographers, historians, social scientists, and political scientists. The main thesis of this text is that the rise of the modern nation-state reinforced the separating function of state borders by nationalizing the people on both sides of them. This process gained strength in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was challenged in the post-war era by processes of supra-national integration, globalization and the revolution in communication and transport, as the case studies from different parts of Europe in this book show.
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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 165.1 x 230 x 19.05mm | 697.94g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • figures, tables, references, index
  • 0792360664
  • 9780792360667

Table of contents

Preface. List of figures. List of tables. Part I: Introduction. 1. 19th and 20th century borders and border regions in Europa: some reflections; H. Knippenberg, J. Markusse. 2. State borders in geography and history; H. van Dijk. Part II: Nationalising Border Regions. 3. The incorporation of Limburg in the Dutch state; H. Knippenberg. 4. Borders, ethnicity, and demographic patterns in the Russian Baltic Provinces in the late nineteenth century; C. Wetherell, Andrejs Plakans. 5. Politicised borders: the case of Greek Macedonia; R. Van Boeschoten. 6. `A bleeding wound', how border-drawing affects local communities: a case study from the Austrian-Slovene border in Styria; C. Promitzer. Part III: Denationalising border regions. 7. Relaxation of tensions in the multi-ethnic border province of South Tyrol: the importance of cross border relations; J. Markusse. 8. An anatomy of Basque identity: a geographical analysis of identity patterns in the Franco-Spanish border area; J. M. Beck. 9. The Austro-Hungarian border region: opportunities for and perspectives of regional development; A. Kampschulte. 10. Border effects and the cultural landscape: the changing impact of boundaries on regional development in Switzerland; W. Leimgruber. 11. City-networking and bottom-up development by transborder-co-operation: the influence of local authorities in the Saar-Lor-Lux Region; C. Schulz. References. About the authors. Index.
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