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Once Within Borders

Territories of Power, Wealth, and Belonging since 1500

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674059788

Publication Date: 10/17/2016


416 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 halftones

Belknap Press


  • Preface
  • Introduction: A History of Political Space
  • 1. Spaces of Empire (1500–1650)
    • Two Spatial Imaginaries
    • Epochs of Empire
    • Empires at Sea
    • Crises of Imperial Governance
  • 2. Spaces of States (1550–1700)
    • Descartes and Vauban at War
    • The Transformation of the Fortress
    • Territory and Sovereignty
    • The Spaces of Early Modernity
  • 3. Contesting the Countryside
    • Vauban Looks Inward
    • A Century of Cold and Conflict
    • The Cadastral Struggle
    • Physiocracy Goes Global
  • 4. Projects for an Agrarian Regime (1770–1890)
    • Emancipating the Serf, Settling the Peasant
    • Reappropriating the Land
    • Myths of the Collective
    • Farewell to Free Land
  • 5. “An Invincible Force”: Railroads, Continents, and Colonies
    • Railroad Nationalism
    • Continentalism
    • Last Call for Territories
    • Postscript: Territorial Geometry after 1890
  • 6. From Fate to Function: The Twentieth Century and After
    • The Geopolitical Ambition
    • Spaces of Ideology: World Wars and Cold War
    • New Geographers, New Geographies
  • Conclusion: Still within Borders?
  • Borders Besieged
  • Territory Transformed
  • Territory for Whom?
  • Notes
  • Index

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