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By Alexander Diener, Joshua Hagen

From our earliest schooldays, we're proven the realm as a colourful college of nations, every one outlined through their very own immutable borders. What we frequently do not understand is that each political boundary used to be created by means of humans. No political border is extra common or actual than one other, but a few foreign borders make no obvious experience in any respect. whereas targeting a few of these strange border shapes, this attention-grabbing publication highlights the real fact that all borders, even those who look "normal," are social structures. In an period the place the ongoing relevance of the country kingdom is being wondered and the place transnationalism is changing the measure to which borders successfully demarcate areas of belonging, the participants argue that this aspect is key to our figuring out of the area.

The special and compelling histories of a few of the world's oddest borders offer a fantastic context for this crew of specialists to provide available and enlightening discussions of cultural globalization, monetary integration, foreign migration, imperialism, postcolonialism, worldwide terrorism, nationalism, and supranationalism. each one author's nearby services enriches a textured account of the old context during which those borders got here into life in addition to their old and ongoing effect at the humans and states they bound.

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Contributions by: Eric D. Carter, Karen Culcasi, Alexander C. Diener, Joshua Hagen, Reece Jones, Robert Lloyd, Nick Megoran, Julian V. Minghi, David Newman, Robert Ostergren, and William C. Rowe.

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Border disputes do not 44 Nick Megoran happen simply because of cartographic confusion; they are made. In short, a fuller explanation of the 1999–2000 border crisis must include an analysis of domestic politics as well as historical political geography. It is exactly this sense of the political function of boundaries that has rejuvenated border studies over the past two decades. 23 The state border, although physically at the extremities of the polity, can be at the heart of nationalist discourse about the meaning of the nation, of arguments about who should be included in the nation and who should be excluded, and in struggles over the power to make those decisions.

The remaining families appear, under the circumstances, to live a fragile but relatively peaceful existence. Reliance on Neighboring Communities Relations with neighboring communities in Bangladesh have also improved partly because the residents of the enclaves have come to realize that they are completely dependent on the good will of their Bangladeshi neighbors to survive. The small size of most of the Indian enclaves means that the enclaves are not able to be self-sufficient in food production.

10 The Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary 39 National Territorial Delimitation—Drawing Boundaries If the ideological debates behind NTD had largely been resolved by early 1924, the process of actually drawing boundaries among the new mosaic of Soviet socialist republics and autonomous regions was to prove highly contentious. A number of criteria were used in the division of territory between the new entities. 11 It was all but impossible to satisfy these requirements because they could often be mutually contradictory, but also, as shown above, ethnicity was often indistinct and fluid.

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