Border Disputes
A Global Encyclopedia [3 volumes]
by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Editor
July 2015, 1218pp, 7x10
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-023-2
$339, £261, 295€, A465
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Border disputes are a common source of political instability and military conflict around the globe, both in the present day and throughout history.

An ideal resource for anyone studying current events, social studies, geopolitics, conflict resolution, and political science, this three-volume set provides broad coverage of approximately 80 current international border disputes and conflicts.

Border disputes are a common source of political instability and military conflict around the globe, both in the present day and throughout history. Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia will serve as an invaluable resource for students studying social studies, political science, human geography, or related subjects.

Each volume of this expansive encyclopedia begins with an accessible introduction to the type of dispute to be discussed, identifying the conflict as territorial (Volume 1), positional (Volume 2), or functional (Volume 3). Following the background essay in each volume are comprehensive case study entries on specific international conflicts, examining the disputed area, the reasons for the dispute, and cultural, political, historical, and legal issues relating to the dispute. The third volume will also provide primary documents of legal rulings and important resolutions of various disputes, as well as profiles of key organizations relating to border studies and specific border dispute commissions.


  • Supplies introductory essays at the beginning of each volume that explain the type of dispute to be examined, providing students with a solid foundation as they examine the case study entries
  • Includes excerpts and full text of important primary source documents such as key court rulings and treaties resolving border disputes
  • Supports the national geography standards curriculum for high school students as well as the Advanced Placement (AP) human geography topics
  • Provides a glossary of key terms and concepts, numerous maps, and a bibliography of sources of further information
Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, PhD, is professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The director of University of Victoria's European Union Center of Excellence, he also holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European urban and border region policy. Brunet-Jailly is chief editor of Journal of Borderlands Studies and author of several books and nearly 100 articles and book chapters. He received his doctorate at the University of Western Ontario.


"Overall, this is a unique resource that should provide an excellent foundation for further study of these matters for high school students as well as more experienced users, such as graduate students and faculty."—Booklist, November 18, 2015

"Aimed at high school, community college, and beginning college students, this book achieves a purpose as a serviceable reference befitting its target audience. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Beginning students; general readers."—Choice, March 1, 2016

"The format in general is an easy to understand introduction followed by more in-depth analysis. As with all ABC-Clio works, the organization is clear, indexing is robust and the essays include a rich variety of cited resources for further exploration. . . . . This work is a good starting place for teens and college students. The writing provides a clear, straightforward narrative without a lot of jargon. The electronic version is easy to navigate, share, and cite."—Reference Reviews, April 28, 2016
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