Focusing on unusual international border shapes, this fascinating book highlights the important truth that all borders, even those that appear "natural," were created by people. The unique and compelling histories of some of the world's oddest borders provide an ideal context for accessible and enlightening discussions of cultural globalization, economic integration, international migration, imperialism, postcolonialism, global terrorism, nationalism, and supranationalism. Each contributor's regional expertise enriches a textured account of the historical context in which these borders came into existence as well as their historical and ongoing influence on the people and states they bound.
Alexander C. Diener is assistant professor of geography at the University of Kansas. Joshua Hagen is associate professor of geography at Marshall University.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Borders, Identity, and Geopolitics Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen Chapter 2: The Border Enclaves of India and Bangladesh: The Forgotten Lands Reece Jones Chapter 3: The Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary: Stalin's Cartography, Post-Soviet Geography Nick Megoran Chapter 4: The Wakhan Corridor: Endgame of the Great Game William C. Rowe Chapter 5: The Caprivi Strip of Namibia: Shifting Sovereignty and the Negotiation of Boundaries Robert Lloyd Chapter 6: The Renaissance of a Border That Never Died: The Green Line between Israel and the West Bank David Newman Chapter 7: Locating Kurdistan: Contextualizing the Region's Ambiguous Boundaries Karen Culcasi Chapter 8: Russia's Kaliningrad Exclave: Discontinuity as a Threat to Sovereignty Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen Chapter 9: Defining Liechtenstein: Sovereign Borders, Offshore Banking, and National Identity Robert Ostergren Chapter 10: Misiones Province, Argentina: How Borders Shape Political Identity Eric D. Carter Chapter 11: Point Roberts, Washington: Boundary Problems of an American Exclave Julian V. Minghi Chapter 12: Conclusion: Borders in a Changing Global Context Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen