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Political Geography and National Boundaries
Political geography and national boundaries

Boundaries are fundamental to the study of sovereign states and the field of political geography. Similar to the adage “Without geography, you're nowhere,” in terms of sovereign states, it would be “Without boundaries, you've got nothing.” Boundaries define both the territory of a state and the people who are the citizens of the state. Contemporary political maps, state histories, and school textbooks represent national boundaries as if they are immutable and have always existed. Despite this apparent permanency, the current political map emerged in the mid-20th century after the period of decolonization that followed World War II. Furthermore, the simple idea of using fixed political borders to determine sovereignty over a clearly defined territory only ...

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