Historians have always been studying contested places. Most studies of empires, ancient civilisations and cultures, of nation states, wars and diplomatic relations involve conflicts about territory in one way or another. However, it is only within the last 10-15 years that place has been integrated in historical studies as a theoretical and analytical concept. This volume offers 12 chapters written by academic staff from the History Department at the University of Southern Denmark which contribute to an increased theoretical and methodological consciousness of place as a concept and as an analytical tool within historical studies. The chapters cover historical epochs reaching from a study of the battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece to a study of the contemporary debate surrounding Ground Zero in New York. The volume may be used as a text book in university courses dealing with territorial, cultural and national interconnectedness and globalisation in both a historical and a contemporary perspective.
Introduction; Palestine in Western Travel Literature Narratives with a Focus on the 18th Century; Dominion & Transportation: Constantinople as Contested Place; Detroit's River Rouge as Contested Space; London Lived & Intersected: Anti-Israel Gaza War Demonstrations in London in 2009; Delineating Slovenia: Establishing & Bordering a national Sphere; Belonging on the Border: Mexican American Strategies at El Primer Congreso Nacionalista, Texas 1911; Schleswig as a Contested Place; Enclaves as Contested Places; The Ground Zero Mosque: A Clash Over (Civil) Religion & Freedom; The Battle of Thermopylae & the Myth of Greek Unity; In the Haven of Eternity? A Churchyard as a Contested Place; A Violently Contested Void: No Man's Land During the First World War.