Territoriality: Identity, State and Nation Revisited

  • Gerry O’ReillyEmail author
Part of the Key Challenges in Geography book series (KCHGE)


This chapter evaluates geopolitical inter-relationships between physical and human geography and political-economy, its impact on organization within and between states, and how this effects international politics, law, trade and transnational relations. Each conflict is located in a specific place with its unique geographical characteristics, and in time—including the long-time calendar of geology determining location of resources such as water and minerals, to the long-time periods of social history that imprint on the territory. This is juxtaposed with recent histories and current events. Territoriality relates to a sense of ownership or sovereignty entailing a mosaic of polities and sovereignty with associated visible and invisible boundaries. It seeks control over resources, people and defence of identity and culture. Territorialisation denotes a strategy for direct or indirect territorial control and sometimes enlargement of that space. In this context concepts of ethnicity and culture, the state, nation and nationalism are appraised.


Territoriality Identity State Nation Nation-state 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History and Geography, St. Patrick’s CampusDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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