Nationalising and Denationalising European Border Regions, 1800–2000: Views from Geography and History
ISBN/ASIN: 9789401058605,9789401142939 | 1999 | English | pdf | 293/298 pages | 6.80 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: Hans Knippenberg, Jan Markusse (auth.), Hans Knippenberg, Jan Markusse (eds.) | Edition: 1
During the last two centuries, the political map of Europe has changed considerably. More recently, there are 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 fascinating subject for geographers, historians, social scientists, and political scientists. The main thesis of this book is that the rise of the modern nation-state reinforced the separating function of state borders by nationalising the people on both sides of it. This process gained strength in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was challenged in the second half of this century by processes of supra-national integration, globalisation and the revolution in communication and transport, as the case studies from different parts of Europe of this book will show.
Audience: This book will be of interest to academics, researchers and practitioners in geography, history, political sciences, European studies and East-European studies.