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Nations-of-intent: from counterfactual history to counterfactual geography

Narangoa, Li; Cribb, Robert


The locations of international borders reflect political aspirations as well as power politics and attempts to bring state boundaries in line with nations. The expulsion of Singapore from Malaysia and the exclusion of the Philippines from the United States indicate the power of narrowly defined borders to govern national identity. The concept 'nations-of-intent' allows us to explore counterfactual borders as a way of examining how political aspirations translate into national borders. The paper...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Historical Geography
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhg.2009.12.004


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