Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America

Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America

Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America

Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America

Synopsis

Borderlands are complex spaces that can involve military, religious, economic, political, and cultural interactions--all of which may vary by region and over time. John W. I. Lee and Michael North bring together interdisciplinary scholars to analyze a wide range of border issues and to encourage a nuanced dialogue addressing the concepts and processes of borderlands.

Gathering the voices of a diverse range of international scholars, Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America presents case studies from ancient to modern times, highlighting topics ranging from religious conflicts to medical frontiers to petty trade. Spanning geographical regions of Europe, the Baltics, North Africa, the American West, and Mexico, these essays shed new light on the complex processes of boundary construction, maintenance, and crossing, as well as on the importance of economic, political, social, ethnic, and religious interactions in the borderlands.

Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America not only forges links between past and present scholarship but also paves the way for new models and approaches in future borderlands research.

Excerpt

John W. I. Lee and Michael North

This volume is the product of an extensive multiyear collaboration between the Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group (University of California, Santa Barbara) and the Baltic Borderlands International Research Training Group (University of Greifswald, Germany). This joint project brought together for the first time European and North American researchers studying a diverse range of periods and places, all sharing an interest in borders and borderlands studies. a series of research meetings, including a major conference, several seminar presentations, and many informal conversations enabled participants in our group to refine their own analyses and engage with each other’s work. the chapters in this volume thus represent part of an ongoing, international, interdisciplinary endeavor whose goal is to open additional scholarly dialogue on borderlands around the world. the chapters cover a broad range of periods and places— from North Africa in the time of the late Roman Empire to the twenty- first- century Baltic littoral. Together, they shed new light on the complex processes of boundary construction, maintenance, and crossing, as well as on the importance of economic, political, social, ethnic, and religious interactions in the borderlands.

What are “borderlands?” Borderlands can be understood as spaces of interaction both physical and conceptual. They can encompass a . . .

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