Nationalising and Denationalising European Border Regions, 1800–2000

Views from Geography and History

  • Hans Knippenberg
  • Jan Markusse

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N1-N1
    2. Henk van Dijk
      Pages 21-36
  3. Nationalising Border Regions

  4. Denationalising Border Regions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-293

About this book


During the last two centuries, the political map of Europe has changed considerably. More recently, there are remarkably contrasting tendencies concerning the functions and densities of borders. The borders inside the European Union lost their importance, whereas Central and Eastern Europe saw the birth of a multitude of new state borders. The long-term study of border regions, therefore, is a fascinating subject for geographers, historians, social scientists, and political scientists. The main thesis of this book is that the rise of the modern nation-state reinforced the separating function of state borders by nationalising the people on both sides of it. This process gained strength in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was challenged in the second half of this century by processes of supra-national integration, globalisation and the revolution in communication and transport, as the case studies from different parts of Europe of this book will show.
Audience: This book will be of interest to academics, researchers and practitioners in geography, history, political sciences, European studies and East-European studies.


European Union (EU) Revolution development evolution integration

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Knippenberg
    • 1
  • Jan Markusse
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geography and PlanningUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5860-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4293-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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