Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America


Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America

Edited and with an introduction by John W. I. Lee and Michael North

Borderlands and Transcultural Studies Series

288 pages
4 maps, 2 tables, index


December 2016


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About the Book

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.

Author Bio

John W. I. Lee is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a co-organizer of the University of California Multicampus Research Group on Ancient Borderlands. Michael North is a professor of history at the University of Greifswald in Germany. He is the author and editor of several books, including The Baltic: A History and The Expansion of Europe, 1250–1500.


"John W. I. Lee and Michael North have given us an interesting and utilitarian new collection of essays with their recent volume, Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America. . . . The book certainly can be profitably read by anyone interested in the genesis of frontiers in historical space, and how they still resonate with us today."—Eric Tagliacozzo, European History Quarterly

“This work ambitiously and successfully globalizes the study of borderlands. The articles interact with each other, bridge disciplines, and provide new conceptual contributions to the field.”—Jason Lavery, professor of early modern European history at Oklahoma State University and author of The History of Finland

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
John W. I. Lee and Michael North
1. The Usefulness of Borderlands Concepts in Ancient History: The Case of Origen as Monster
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser
2. Structures of Power in Late Antique Borderlands: Arabs, Romans, and Berbers
Greg Fisher and Alexander Drost
3. The Transborder Economy of Medieval Cistercian Monasteries in the Southern Baltic Sea Region
Manja Olschowski
4. Visionaries, Violence, and the Legacy of Trauma on the Maine Frontier during King Philip’s War, 1675–1677
Ann Marie Plane
5. Swedish Pomerania in the Eighteenth Century: The Development of Frihet in a Borderland of the Baltic Sea Region
Stefan Herfurth
6. The Duchy of Courland from 1650 to 1737: Transformation of a Religious Borderland in the Baltic Sea Region
Kord-Henning Uber
7. Native Borderlands: Colonialism and the Development of Native Power
Clint Smith
8. Beyond Red-Light Districts: Regional and Transnational Migration in the Mexican-U.S. Borderlands, 1870–1912
Verónica Castillo-Muñoz
9. Medicalizing the Borders of an Expanding State: Physicians, Sanitary Reports, and the Frontiers of Mexican Progress, 1930–1950
Gabriela Soto Laveaga
10. Theorizing the Social Functioning of Political Borders through Studies of Cross-Border Petty Trade
Olga Sasunkevich
11. Future Directions in Borderlands Studies
Alexander Drost and Michael North

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