Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion

Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion

by I. William Zartman
     
 


The past two decades have seen an intense, interdisciplinary interest in the border areas between states—inhabited territories located on the margins of a power center or between power centers. This timely and highly original collection of essays edited by noted scholar I. William Zartman is an attempt “to begin to understand both these areas and the… See more details below

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The past two decades have seen an intense, interdisciplinary interest in the border areas between states—inhabited territories located on the margins of a power center or between power centers. This timely and highly original collection of essays edited by noted scholar I. William Zartman is an attempt “to begin to understand both these areas and the interactions that occur within and across them”—that is, to understand how borders affect the groups living along them and the nature of the land and people abutting on and divided by boundaries.

These essays highlight three defining features of border areas: borderlanders constitute an experiential and culturally identifiable unit; borderlands are characterized by constant movement (in time, space, and activity); and in their mobility, borderlands always prepare for the next move at the same time that they respond to the last one. The ten case studies presented range over four millennia and provide windows for observing the dynamics of life in borderlands. They also have policy relevance, especially in creating an awareness of borderlands as dynamic social spheres and of the need to anticipate the changes that given policies will engender—changes that will in turn require their own solutions. Contrary to what one would expect in this age of globalization, says Zartman, borderlands maintain their own dynamics and identities and indeed spread beyond the fringes of the border and reach deep into the hinterland itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820334073
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Studies in Security and International Affairs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xi

introduction. Identity, Movement, and Response 1
I. William Zartman, The Johns Hopkins University

Part I. Structures in Evolution
chapter one. Borderland Dynamics in the Era of the Pyramid Builders in Egypt 21
Miroslav Bárta, Charles University

chapter two. Confl ict and Control on the Ottoman- Greek Border 40
George Gavrilis, University of Texas at Austin

chapter three. Illicit Trade and the Emergence of Albania and Yemen 58
Isa Blumi, Georgia State University

chapter four. On the Margin of Statehood? State- Society Relations in African Borderlands 85
Judith Vorrath, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich

chapter five. Change and Non- change in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands after NAFTA 105
David Stea, Jamie Zech, and Melissa Gray, Texas State University– San Marcos

Part II. Identities in Transition

chapter six. Colonialism or Conviviencia in Frankish Cyprus? 133
James G. Schryver, University of Minnesota, Morris

chapter seven. Constructing National Identity in Ottoman Macedonia 160
Ipek K. Yosmaoglu, University of Wisconsin–Madison

chapter eight. Pioneers and Refugees: Arabs and Jews in the Jordan River Valley 189
Rachel S. Havrelock, University of Illinois at Chicago

chapter nine. Who’s Who across the U.S.-Mexico Border: Identities in Transition 217
Harriett Romo and Raquel R. Márquez, University of Texas at San Antonio

chapter ten. Looking across the Horizon 235
Shelley Feldman, Cornell University

conclusion. Borderland Policy: Keeping Up with Change 245
I. William Zartman, The Johns Hopkins University

References 251

Contributors 279

Index 283

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