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Palgrave Macmillan

Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914

ISBN 9781137320568
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Borderlands have loomed large in modern world history. Industrialization, the development of the modern city, faster means of communication, the spread of imperialism and the rise of the modern nation-state have meant that borderlands came to encompass and divide more people than ever before. Borderlands were worldwide phenomena in which various authoritative institutional presences – many of them new to world history – attempted to establish borders, thus forming the basis for a myriad of reactions, counter-reactions, and interactions. Yet the study of borderlands has largely remained confined within the circles of various regional specializations.

Covering two hundred years, this groundbreaking book brings together essays on borderlands by leading experts in the modern history of the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia to offer the first historical study of borderlands with a global reach. Comprising fifteen chapters, plus a wide-ranging introduction by the editors and specially-commissioned maps, the volume critically engages with recent research while remaining accessible to student readers.

Paul Readman is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at King's College London, UK and author of Land and Nation in England: Patriotism, National Identity and the Politics of Land (2008).

Cynthia Radding is the Gussenhoven Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She is the author of Landscapes of Power and Identity: Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia from Colony to Republic (2005).

Chad Bryant is Associate Professor in Central and Eastern European History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and is author of Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism (2007).

Introduction: Borderlands in a Global Perspective; Paul Readman, Cynthia Radding and Chad Bryant
PART I: WRITING BORDERLANDS
1. Negotiating North America's New National Borders; Benjamin H. Johnson
2. 'The Men Who Made Australia Federated Long Ago': Australian Frontiers and Borderlands; Frank Bongiorno
PART II: BORDERLANDS, TERRITORIALITY, AND LANDSCAPE
3. Environment, Territory, and Landscape Changes in Northern Mexico during the Era of Independence; Cynthia Radding
4. 'We are Comfortable Riding the Waves': Landscape and the Formation of a Border State in Eighteenth-Century Island Southeast Asia; Timothy P. Barnard
5. From Constituting Communities to Dividing Districts: The Formalization of a Cultural Border between Mombasa and its Hinterland; Daren Ray
PART III: BORDERLANDS AND STATE ACTION
6. Not by Force Alone: Public Health and the Establishment of the Russian Rule in the Russo-Polish Borderland, 1762-85; Oksana Mykhed
7. Borders, War, and Nation-Building in Napoleon's Europe; Michael Rowe
PART IV: NATIONAL IDENTITIES AND EUROPEAN BORDERLANDS
8. Living a British Borderland: Northumberland and the Scottish Borders in the Long Nineteenth Century; Paul Readman
9. Church Fights: Nationality, Class, and the Politics of Church Building in a German-Polish Borderland, 1890-1914; Jim Bjork
PART V: BORDERLANDERS: LABOR AND SOCIAL EXPERIENCE
10. 'Frontier Indians': 'Indios Mansos', 'Indios Bravos', and the Layers of Indigenous Existence in the Caribbean Borderlands; Jason M. Yaremko
11. The Twisted Logic of the Ohio River Borderland; Matthew Salafia
12. Boundaries of Slavery in Mid Nineteenth-Century Liberia; Lisa A. Lindsay
PART VI: READING BORDERS: INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR BORDERLANDS
13. Unofficial Frontiers: Welsh-English Borderlands in the Victorian Period; Roland Quinault
14. 'Home on the Range': Rootedness and Identity in the Borderlands of the Nineteenth-Century American West; Nina Vollenbröker
Concluding Reflections: Borderlands Histories and the Categories of Historical Analysis; Lloyd Kramer

Timothy P. Barnard, National University of Singapore
Jim Bjork, King's College London, UK
Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University in Canberra
Benjamin H. Johnson, University of Wisconsin, UK
Lloyd Kramer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Lisa A. Lindsay, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Oksana Mykhed, Harvard University, USA
Roland Quinault, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK
Daren Ray, The American University, Egypt
Michael Rowe, King's College London, UK
Matthew Salafia, North Dakota State University, USA
Nina Vollenbröker, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK
Jason M. Yaremko, University of Winnipeg, Canada

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