Borders: A Very Short Introduction
Alexander C. Diener Joshua Hagen
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Compelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives Highlighting the historical development and continued relevance of borders, Alexander Diener and Joshua Hagen offer a powerfCompelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives Highlighting the historical development and continued relevance of borders, Alexander Diener and Joshua Hagen offer a powerful counterpoint to the idea of an imminent borderless world, underscoring the impact borders have on a range of issues, such as economic development, inter and intra state conflict, global terrorism, migration, nationalism, international law, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management Diener and Hagen demonstrate how and why borders have been, are currently, and will undoubtedly remain hot topics across the social sciences and in the global headlines for years to come This compact volume will appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of scholars and students, including geographers, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, international relations and law experts, as well as lay readers interested in understanding current events.
  • Title: Borders: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Alexander C. Diener Joshua Hagen
  • ISBN: 9780199731503
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback

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Siria Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
Diener and Hagen here deliver what the title of the book promises: a brief primer to the history of borders and to the field of border studies. There is some discussion of metaphorical and cultural borders, but the focus is largely on the political and the geographical, from the fluid borders of ancient empires to the (supposedly) much more rigid ones enforced by the modern nation state. While the content it covers should suit it for an undergraduate class, or for the interested layreader, Diene [...]
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Bryn Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
If you were an alien life form with a perfect knowledge of the English language, but no idea about borders/territories/democracies/monarchies, etc then this would be the book for you. Otherwise, it felt not like a short introduction, as the title promises, but a long compilation of definitions of each and every word related in any sort of geographical or sociological way to borders, e.g "The related enterprises of human smuggling and human trafficking enable illegal flows of people across border [...]
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DoctorM Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
A very well-done and nicely-crafted brief introduction to the idea of how borders--- political, but also social and ethnic ---have been constructed down the years, and how the meanings of borders have changed. Also--- Diener examines how we've changed the way we see borderlines and why borderlands and liminal zones have become so passionately embraced by academics and artists and writers over the past generation or two. One of the better books in the VSI series, and one very much worth reading.
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Phan Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
Okay, the topic of "Borders" is a huge one. A short introduction to the subject is enough to overwhelm me due to its breath (even with not much depth involved)It is really hard to sum this up. Let me try. The author talked about historical development of borders, its current forms, roles, also mentioned air/outer space, cyber world as borders, borders means very much to human existance and also environmental, ecological issuesuhm Roman Patrician wall, Chinese Great Wall, Summerians civilization, [...]
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Anthony Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
This was a solidly written book and should be useful as an introductory resource to those (probably not too many) who would like to pursue research into borders in the context of political science, economics or general international studies. Like good academics, the authors were careful to maintain multilateralism, neutrality, and some rigor throughout the book (although I felt I encountered the word “unprecedented” too many times in their description of our modern era), which, on the other [...]
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John Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
This is largely a history of national borders, but it does at least make mention of natural, ethnic, intellectual, aerospace, nautical and cultural ones. Though pretty well endowed with thought provoking claims and insights (for instance, the whole idea of fixed national borders is relatively new---only a couple-three centuries old) the discourse is pretty much composed of generalities and the prose is dry.Any nonfiction authors out there looking for a subject? I see real potential for a book fo [...]
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Madeleine Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
This is the first "Very Short Introduction" I've read, and I was impressed. I've regarded the series as a slightly more intellectual "Complete Idiots Guide to _____," but this was much better than *slightly* more intellectual. A lot of theoretical groundwork, and a very interdisciplinary look at bordering/border studies. One thing I would have liked to have seen more of was borders in art/literatureis topic gets an interesting mention in the epilogue, but could be worth a chapter or section of i [...]
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Colin Anton Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
For a 150-page book, was hoping for more pages on very modern border issues. Felt like more than half the book centered the history of borders and feudal systems and stuff about which I didn't want to read. My review reflects my expectations, but I'm sure there are people who'll read it and thoroughly enjoy it.
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Sam Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
A short, clear introduction to border studies. It can be a bit vague at times, but I appreciated that it wasn't overly academic.
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Howard Mansfield Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
A fast-paced introduction that will have you thinking in new ways about international borders, immigrants, illegal aliens, and international organizations like the UN and the EU.
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Christoph Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
Starts out as an interesting rumination on bordering, and then drifts into dull descriptions of border policy.
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Evgeniy Vasilev Apr 26, 2019 - 11:46 AM
Starts too dry and academic but gets better near the end.
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Borders: A Very Short Introduction By Alexander C. Diener Joshua Hagen Compelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives Highlighting the historical development and continued relevance of borders, Alexander Diener and Joshua Hagen offer a powerfCompelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives Highlighting the historical development and continued relevance of borders, Alexander Diener and Joshua Hagen offer a powerful counterpoint to the idea of an imminent borderless world, underscoring the impact borders have on a range of issues, such as economic development, inter and intra state conflict, global terrorism, migration, nationalism, international law, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management Diener and Hagen demonstrate how and why borders have been, are currently, and will undoubtedly remain hot topics across the social sciences and in the global headlines for years to come This compact volume will appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of scholars and students, including geographers, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, international relations and law experts, as well as lay readers interested in understanding current events.

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