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Boundaries: The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees
“Brilliant. . . . This fascinating exploration through three centuries of the frontier is rounded off with a perceptive and balanced appraisal of the nature of national identity within the context of the Pyrenees. . . . A study which is exciting, learned, and thought-provoking, a splendid example of interdisciplinary history at its best.”—Times Literary Supplement
Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 19th 1991 by University of California Press
(first published October 7th 1989)
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Sep 15, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
It might look like a stuffy academic case study, but don't let that scare you off. Really enthralling study of the formation of national identity and a territorialized conception of state sovereignty in one particular valley on the French-Spanish border which was divided pretty arbitrarily in half in 1659. Traces the development of the meaning of the border from the point of view of both the centralized government and local inhabitants. Really fascinating ideas about opportunistic identity as th ...more
I "heavily skimmed" this, but I didn't just sit down and read the thing. The nitty gritty details aren't really relevant to my studies of MY border, the northeastern US/Canada border, it's more the general ideas. The general ideas are quite useful. For example, this 17th/18th century obsession with the idea of "natural frontiers" that sounds logical if you don't think about it too long, but inevitably falls apart at the local level. If you are dealing with one river, sure, but trying to make a m ...more