This book provides a concise and comprehensive description of all of the borders of every country in the contemporary world, including physical boundaries, their historical evolution, and border-related conflicts with other countries.
The borders between countries are clearly defined on maps and globes with black lines and different shades of color. In actuality, the boundaries between some states are less clear and often contested, resulting in armed conflicts over border disputes. How did these controversial "lines in the sand" come to be, and how can 21st-century boundary conflicts be resolved amicably?
Nation Shapes: The Story behind the World's Borders examines the importance of country boundaries, the disconnects between these borders, related factors such as cultures, religions, and economies, and how conflicts over boundaries between neighboring countries are articulated.
The book is organized geographically and by region of the world: the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, East and Southeast Asia, and Australia and Oceania. It provides comprehensive descriptions of the boundaries of each country in the world, the historical evolution of these boundaries, and current and potential future boundary disputes and conflicts. While the work contains an entry for each country, the emphasis is on countries of major importance in the modern global economy.
• Includes coverage of each sovereign country in the world
• Provides historical discussion and analysis of sovereignty of each country and its boundary disputes
• Draws connections between boundary typologies in general and specific cases
• Presents analysis of likely future boundary disputes and examines their potential impacts locally and globally