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Territory is one of the central political concepts of the modern world and, indeed, functions as the primary way the world is divided and controlled politically. Yet territory has not received the critical attention afforded to other crucial concepts such as sovereignty, rights, and justice. While territory continues to matter politically, and territorial disputes and arrangements are studied in detail, the concept of territory itself is often neglected today. Where did the idea of exclusive ownership of a portion of the earthandrsquo;s surface come from, and what kinds of complexities are hidden behind that seemingly straightforward definition?
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The Birth of Territory provides a detailed account of the emergence of territory within Western political thought. Looking at ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and early modern thought, Stuart Elden examines the evolution of the concept of territory from ancient Greece to the seventeenth century to determine how we arrived at our contemporary understanding. Elden addresses a range of historical, political, and literary texts and practices, as well as a number of key playersandmdash;historians, poets, philosophers, theologians, and secular political theoristsandmdash;and in doing so sheds new light on the way the world came to be ordered and how the earthandrsquo;s surface is divided, controlled, and administered.

Synopsis:

Usually defined in terms of their physical characteristics, mountains can also be seen through a social and cultural lens as national emblems, political boundaries, obstacles to be conquered and climbed, objects of conservation, and regional homes to often marginalized groups of people. This book, translated from the French, traces the history of such social constructions of mountains from Enlightenment Europe to the present. From Reims Mountain to the Sierra Nevada, by way of Fouta Djallon, the Andes of Patagonia, the Yukon, Mount Royal, the Naga Hills, and the center of Sulawesi, it also surveys the implications of globalization on mountain spaces and the people who inhabit them. A prominent theme is the role of individualsand#151;from Alexander von Humboldt to John Muir to Dian Fossey, along with many lesser-known figuresand#151;in shaping and promoting western understandings of mountains, although, as the authors note, mountains have yet to find their own Jacques Cousteau.

Synopsis:

What is a mountain? Seems like a simple question, right? But if we take the question seriously, the answers turn out to be complicated, wide ranging, and fascinating.

In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature, but ultimately an idea, one that has evolved over time, influenced by changes in political climates and cultural attitudes. To truly understand mountains, they argue, we must view them not only as material realities but as social constructs, ones that can mean radically different things to different people in different settings. From the Enlightenment to the very present days, and thanks to a huge variety of case studies picked up in all the continents, the authors show us how our ideas of and about mountains have changed with the times and how a huge range of policies, from border delineation to forestry as well as nature protection and social policies, have been shaped according to them. A rich hybrid analysis of geography, history, culture, and politics, the book promises to forever change the way we look at mountains.

About the Author

Stuart Elden is professor of political theory and geography at the University of Warwick. He is the author of four books, including, most recently, Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty.

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Introduction

Part I

1.and#160;and#160;and#160; The Polis and the Khora

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Autochthony and the Myth of Origins

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Antigone and the Polis

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Reforms of Kleisthenes

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Platoandrsquo;s Laws

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Aristotleandrsquo;s Politics

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Site and Community

2.and#160;and#160;and#160; From Urbis to Imperium

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Caesar and the Terrain of War

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Cicero and the Res Publica

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Historians: Sallust, Livy, Tacitus

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Augustus and Imperium

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Limes of the Imperium

Part II

3.and#160;and#160;and#160; The Fracturing of the West

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Augustineandrsquo;s Two Cities

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Boethius and Isidore of Seville

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Barbarian Tribes and National Histories

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Land Politics in Beowulf

4.and#160;and#160;and#160; The Reassertion of Empire

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Donation of Constantine

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Accession of Charlemagne

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Cartography from Rome to Jerusalem

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Limits of Feudalism

5.and#160;and#160;and#160; The Popeandrsquo;s Two Swords

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; John of Salisbury and the Body of the Republic

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Two Swords: Spiritual and Temporal Power

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Rediscovery of Aristotle

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Thomas Aquinas and the Civitas

6.and#160;and#160;and#160; Challenges to the Papacy

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Unam Sanctum: Boniface VIII and Philip the Fair

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Dante: Commedia and Monarchia

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Marsilius of Padua and the Rights of the City

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; William of Ockham and the Politics of Poverty

Part III

7.and#160;and#160;and#160; The Rediscovery of Roman Law

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Labors of Justinian and the Glossators

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Bartolus of Sassoferrato and the Territorium

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Baldus de Ubaldis and the Civitas-Populus

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Rex Imperator in Regno Suo

8.and#160;and#160;and#160; Renaissance and Reconnaissance

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Machiavelli and Lo Stato

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Politics of Reformation

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Bodin, Randeacute;publique, Sovereignty

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Botero and Ragione di Stato

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; King Lear: andldquo;Interest of Territory, Cares of Stateandrdquo;

9.and#160;and#160;and#160; The Extension of the State

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Consolidation of the Reformation

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Geometry of the Political

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Divine Right of Kings: Hobbes, Filmer, and Locke

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; andldquo;Master of a Territoryandrdquo;

Coda: Territory as a Political Technology

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226202570
Author:
Elden, Stuart
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Todd, Jane Marie
Author:
Debarbieux, Bernard
Author:
Rudaz, Gilles
Author:
Price, Martin F.
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones, 2 tables
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Usually defined in terms of their physical characteristics, mountains can also be seen through a social and cultural lens as national emblems, political boundaries, obstacles to be conquered and climbed, objects of conservation, and regional homes to often marginalized groups of people. This book, translated from the French, traces the history of such social constructions of mountains from Enlightenment Europe to the present. From Reims Mountain to the Sierra Nevada, by way of Fouta Djallon, the Andes of Patagonia, the Yukon, Mount Royal, the Naga Hills, and the center of Sulawesi, it also surveys the implications of globalization on mountain spaces and the people who inhabit them. A prominent theme is the role of individualsand#151;from Alexander von Humboldt to John Muir to Dian Fossey, along with many lesser-known figuresand#151;in shaping and promoting western understandings of mountains, although, as the authors note, mountains have yet to find their own Jacques Cousteau.
"Synopsis" by ,

What is a mountain? Seems like a simple question, right? But if we take the question seriously, the answers turn out to be complicated, wide ranging, and fascinating.

In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature, but ultimately an idea, one that has evolved over time, influenced by changes in political climates and cultural attitudes. To truly understand mountains, they argue, we must view them not only as material realities but as social constructs, ones that can mean radically different things to different people in different settings. From the Enlightenment to the very present days, and thanks to a huge variety of case studies picked up in all the continents, the authors show us how our ideas of and about mountains have changed with the times and how a huge range of policies, from border delineation to forestry as well as nature protection and social policies, have been shaped according to them. A rich hybrid analysis of geography, history, culture, and politics, the book promises to forever change the way we look at mountains.

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