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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 388L • Borders, Territory, and Conflict

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38180 M
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
BUR 234

Course Description

Graduate standing required. Consent of the Graduate Adviser must be obtained.

This seminar focuses on the shifting meaning of territoriality and issues that govern conflict, protection, policing and rule over territory. Topics covered include the economic, emotional, and political value of territory; the political organization of empires versus modern states; the making and maintaining of interstate boundaries; the geography of ethnic conflict; conflict over religious territory; and interstate territorial disputes. Readings include literature from political science, history, sociology, and anthropology. Our aim in the seminar is two-fold: (a) to have a sustained discussion and debate on how to study territoriality; and (b) to craft solid research papers on the above topics.


Michael Hechter. 2001. Containing Nationalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. James Ron. 2003. Frontiers and Ghettos: State Violence in Serbia and Israel. University of California Press. Janice E. Thomson. 1996. Mercenaries, Pirates and Sovereigns. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Monica Toft. 2003. The Geography of Ethnic Conflict. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Peter Andreas. 2001. Border Games: Policing the US-Mexico Divide. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Charles Tilly. 2005. Trust and Rule. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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