The Frontier Complex
Geopolitics and the Making of the India-China Border, 1846-1962
Reveals how British imperial border-making in the Himalayas transformed a crossroads into a borderland and geography into politics. Les mer
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Reveals how British imperial border-making in the Himalayas transformed a crossroads into a borderland and geography into politics.
Preface; Acknowledgements; A Note on the Text; Introduction; 1. Territory before Borderlines: Trade, Cosmology, and Modes of Seeing in Pre-Colonial Ladakh; 2. Surveys: Boundary-Making Principles, Mapping, and the Problem with Watersheds; 3. Communication: Roads, Regulation, and the British Joint Commissioners; 4. Reading the Border: Gazetteers, Tribute Missions, and the Problem with Goats; 5. Trans-Frontier Men: Invasion Anxieties and Frontier Heroes; 6. The Birth of Geopolitics: Frontier Experts, Boundary Commissions, and Trans-frontier Information; 7. Lines of Control: From Empire to Nation-State; Epilogue.
Kyle J. Gardner is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the George Washington University.