Charles Meier Lecture

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Charles Meier Lecture 29/10/2007 16:11:00 Richard McCarty introduction Helmut Smith Meier: professor of history at Harvard, one of the most preeminent EUS historians,  Bourgeois Europe books. ... how territorial space came to structure politics Territory / Space “Transformations of Territoriality” Territory was typically a pre-conditioned median for the existence of a state. .. Territory  integral to the definition of state. Territory has been taken for granted. ..  “Global space partitioned for sake of political control” “division of earth’s frontiers”  “Capacity to erect borders is from ability to control these frontiers” Separation of territory necessary for creating politics. Tribal Territories in the Sahel: divided space by economics, etc, without a state  border Formal sense of territories: derived from Treaty of Westphalia Territory used to provide a resource for collective outcomes; how families reproduce,  domain of powerful collective loyalties; history of nationality; domains of identity  space o He claims they no longer are the only force o “Globalization” is now affecting geosocial organization of the world. ..  territoriality is less of a resource for maintaining value/control, even if they  remain the existence of primary allegiance Direct Foreign Investment o One of the main forces undermining territorial control Auto Production (Toyota) – pieces made/transported across borders International Migration All of these suggest change Communication space Density of communication; telephone networking; internet/web freed constraints of  territory; freer domain; not, by nature, bounded.  All live in a nation, bounded. Globalization presupposes territory has been a permanent  fixture of population.  Thus, analyze territory.
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Consider territory distinctions btw political v. sacred and political v. economic.  Implies continuity of surrounding territories. Religious authority can be universal; sites can claim immunity from political controls.  Area v. religious point (a synagogue, surrounding perimeter, quite at odds with the concept of  territory). Do not   Space is construction of location for power and wealth; more a social category created by  capitalism with a global reach. 19 th  century obsession was history with themes of development  and cycle of crisis. Now entering the epoch of juxtaposition, side-by-side, etc. that oppose  Foucault Space Geography. .. lectures Le veve Paul virellio French-thousand plateaus French social theory Social geography exemplified to a century of territorial historical analysis
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