Beneath the Lines Borders and Boundary-Making from the 18th to the 20th Century

This book brings together ten empirically rich and theoretically informed contributions that aim to clarify both geo-historical specificities and common transnational and global features of the cultures and practices of boundary making that shaped modern statehood. Written by scholars from Spain, Fr...

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Bibliographic Details
Other Authors: García-Álvarez, Jacobo (Editor), Puente-Lozano, Paloma (Editor)
Format: eBook
Published: Cham Springer International Publishing 2022, 2022
Edition:1st ed. 2022
Series:Historical Geography and Geosciences
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Chapter 1 Drawing the lines, knowing the borders. An overview of recent scholarship on boundary-making and modern regimes of territorialization
  • Part I. Boundary Treaties and Joint Commissions: Theoretical Foundations and Praxis on the Ground
  • 2. Modern State Sovereignty as Geometric Purification of Territory. Delimitation Theories and Practices in the 1864 Spanish-Portuguese Boundary Treaty
  • 3. Delimitation of the Spanish-Portuguese Border and the Controversy over La Contienda
  • 4.From a Line on a Map to Realities on the Ground. The French-German Joint Boundary Commission at Work (1871-1877)
  • 5. Mexican Geographer Engineers and the Demarcation of Mexico's Borders
  • Part II. Contesting the Naturalness of Borders. Cartographic Practices, Geographical Knowledge and Territorial Issues
  • 6. Borders on Paper, Borders on the Ground. Boundary Commissions Under the Treaty of Madrid and Their Role in the Reinvention of the Rio de la Plata Frontier (1752-1759)
  • 7. Rights of Use vs. Natural Boundary: Demarcation of the Iraty Forest Massif (Western Pyrenees, 17th-19th Centuries) 8. A Water Borderline Adrift Between France and Spain. The Bidasoa and the Bay of Higuer at the End of the 19th Century
  • 9. Demarcation of the Border of the Spanish Protectorate in Morocco (1913–1931): Chronicle of Failure
  • Part III. Concluding Essay
  • 10. Borders at the Global Turn