Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914

Springer
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Covering two hundred years, this groundbreaking book brings together essays on borderlands by leading experts in the modern history of the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia to offer the first historical study of borderlands with a global reach.
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Timothy P. Barnard, National University of Singapore Jim Bjork, King's College London, UK Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University in Canberra Benjamin H. Johnson, University of Wisconsin, UK Lloyd Kramer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA Lisa A. Lindsay, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA Oksana Mykhed, Harvard University, USA Roland Quinault, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK Daren Ray, The American University, Egypt Michael Rowe, King's College London, UK Matthew Salafia, North Dakota State University, USA Nina Vollenbröker, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK Jason M. Yaremko, University of Winnipeg, Canada
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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
May 20, 2014
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Pages
345
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ISBN
9781137320582
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Language
English
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Genres
History / General
History / Modern / General
History / World
Political Science / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Political Science / History & Theory
Science / Earth Sciences / Geography
Social Science / Human Geography
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