Forty Years on: Revisiting Border Studies Reflections on the relevance of Classic Approaches and Contemporary priorities in Boundary Studies
The Study of Borders
Victor Prescott: The Geography of Frontiers and Boundaries. Chicago: Aldine, 1966 (First edition)
Julian Minghi: ‘Boundary studies in political geography’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 53: 407–428, 1963.
Geopolitics will occasionally revisit some of the classic writings of political geographers and scholars of Geopolitics to assess the impact of these writings over time and the extent to which they continue to be relevant to contemporary geopolitical research and thinking. Given that this special issue of the journal is devoted to the topic of borders, it was deemed appropriate to revisit two of the better known studies of borders from the past generation of border scholars: Victor Prescott, Emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne whose book, The Geography of Frontiers and Boundaries first appeared in the 1960’s and was re-issued and updated through until the late 1980’s, and Professor Julian Minghi, of the University of South Carolina at Columbus, whose paper in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers in 1963 was equired reading for generations of geography undergraduates as their introduction to, and overview of, the study of borders. The four essayists, all of whom deal with borders in their current research and writings, offer different approaches and understandings of the relevance of these texts for the contemporary understanding of borders and the bordering process.