Boundaries, Territory and Postmodernity

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There are those who argue that the nation state has come to an end and that we are entering a new phase in the territorial ordering of the world system. Others hold that boundaries have disappeared and that a globalised world has no need or use for artificial, man-made territorial boundaries. This book seeks to determine the extent to which states and boundaries have in fact disappeared, or are simply changing their functions as we move from an area of fixed territories into a post-Westphalian territorial system.
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Within geopolitics, a discipline enjoying a renaissance, ten academics from eight countries expound upon the fluid role of the state in a world simultaneously impacted by globalization and the resurgence of national and ethnic identities. They assess boundaries as social processes; new territorial dimensions (e.g. a treaty of silicon?); and move beyond borders to regional identity (in the Middle East), and pseudo-states (such as the Trans-Dniester Moldovan Republic) as harbingers of a new geopolitics. Contains abstracts of studies first appearing in a special issue of <-->formerly <-->(3/1, Summer 1998; Cass, ISSN 1465-0045). Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Geopolitics Renaissant: Territory, Sovereignty and the World Political Map 1
De-Territorialised Threats and Global Dangers: Geopolitics and Risk Society 17
International Boundaries, Geopolitics and the (Post)Modern Territorial Discourse: The Functional Fiction 32
On Boundaries, Territory and Postmodernity: An International Relations Perspective 53
Boundaries as Social Processes: Territoriality in the World of Flows 69
Beyond the Borders: Globalisation, Sovereignty and Extra-Territoriality 89
A Treaty of Silicon for the Treaty of Westphalia? New Territorial Dimensions of Modern Statehood 106
Globalisation or Global Apartheid? Boundaries and Knowledge in Postmodern Times 132
Pseudo-States as Harbingers of a New Geopolitics: The Example of the Trans-Dniester Moldovan Republic (TMR) 151
Regional Identity and the Sovereignty Principle: Explaining Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking 177
Abstracts of Articles 197
Notes on Contributors 202
Index 205
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