European Border Regions in Comparison : Overcoming Nationalistic Aspects or Re-Nationalization? book cover
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European Border Regions in Comparison
Overcoming Nationalistic Aspects or Re-Nationalization?

ISBN 9780415725989
Published January 13, 2014 by Routledge
392 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Borders exist in almost every sphere of life. Initially, borders were established in connection with kingdoms, regions, towns, villages and cities. With nation-building, they became important as a line separating two national states with different “national characteristics,” narratives and myths. The term “border” has a negative connotation for being a separating line, a warning signal not to cross a line between the allowed and the forbidden. The awareness of both mental and factual borders in manifold spheres of our life has made them a topic of consideration in almost all scholarly disciplines – history, geography, political science and many others. This book primarily incorporates an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. Historians, sociologists, anthropologists and political science scholars from a diverse range of European universities analyze historical as well as contemporary perceptions and perspectives concerning border regions – inside the EU, between EU and non-EU European countries, and between European and non-European countries.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Katarzyna Stokłosa and Gerhard Besier  Part I: Territorial Disputes and Questions of Identity  1. The Spanish-Portuguese Frontier (1297–1926): Identity Midway Between Dialogue and Settlement of Accounts  Miguel A. Melón Jiménez  2. The Boundaries Between France and Spain in the Catalan Pyrenees: Elements for the Construction and Invention of Borders  Oscar Jané  3. Dividing Regions? Plebiscites and Their Propaganda—Schleswig and Carinthia 1920  Nina Jebsen  4. Schleswig: A Border Region Caught Between Nation States  Steen Bo Frandsen  5. The Spanish-Moroccan Relationship: Combining Bonne Entente with Territorial Disputes  Jaume Castan Pinos  6. From a Look Backwards to a Look Forwards: The Way to the Border Agreement Between Latvia and Russia  Laura Asarite  7. The Building and Erosion of the "Post-Conflict" Irish Borderscape  Cathal Mccall  Part II: Cross-Border Co-Operation  8. Re-Signification of the Past in the Northern Portugal/Galicia Border: Amenity, Heritage, and Emblem  Paula Godinho  9. Towards Cross-Border Network Governance? The Social and Solidarity Economy and the Construction of a Cross-Border Territory in the Basque Country  Xabier Itçaina and Jean-Jacques Manterola  10. Border-Region Tyrol in Historical Perspective: Bridging the Wrong Border?  Andrea Varriale  11. The Bulgarian-Greek Border Region: Cross-Border Cooperation Under the Shadow of Minority Issues  Nuri Ali Tahir  Part III: Perceptions of Borders and Border Regimes  12. The Sociocultural Landscape of the Soviet-Finnish Borderland of the 1930s as Seen Through Autobiographic Childhood Stories  Olga Ilyukha  13. (Im)Permeability of the Border in Late Socialism: The Small Traffic Phenomenon on the Romanian-Yugoslavian Border  Corneliu Pintilescu and Lavinia Snejana Stan  14. The Border in the Narratives of the Inhabitants of the German-Polish Border Region  Katarzyna Stokłosa  15. The Europeanization of the German-Polish Borderlands  Elżbieta Opiłowska  16. Between Borders And Boundaries: Romanian-Hungarian Identity Politics During the 20th Century  Monica Andriescu  Part IV: Prejudices, Stereotypes and Nationalism  17. Boundaries Between Ourselves and Others: The Role of Prejudice and Stereotypes in General with Specific Reference to Border Regions  Gerhard Besier  18. South Tyrol After 1945: An Example of Co-Existence of Different National Groups, or Rather a Cage for Imagined Communities to Lie Frozen?  Davide Mauro Artico and Brunello Mantelli  19. Remembrance and Oblivion in the Danish–German Border Region  Inge Adriansen

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Katarzyna Stokłosa is Associate Professor in the Department of Border Region Studies at the University of Sønderborg.

Gerhard Besier is Chairman of European Studies at the Technical University of Dresden.