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The Politics of South American Boundaries (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 30/04/2002
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Parodi shows that boundary disputes have and continue to play a major role in creating tensions in South America. Of the 25 international territorial boundaries that exist in South America, eight were marked with major wars, eight with lesser wars, and five with some level of violence. As recently as 1995, the armies of Ecuador and Peru were at war to define a boundary. In 1982 Argentina went to war, inspired by the call to restore a piece of its mutilated national territory. Venezuela and Guyana, Guyana and Suriname, and Suriname and French Guiana have not completed boundary demarcation agreements. Bolivia's insistence on its right for sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean is a source of tension with Chile and Peru. Colombia and Venezuela have unresolved boundary issues in the Gulf of Venezuela. Clearly, boundary disputes have and continue to play a major role in creating larger conflicts within South America. Territorial boundaries are marks on the ground, but, as Parodi shows, their staying power or stability depends on their grip on consciousness. By examining the boundary theory of South American states and its implementation, he also explains how the symbolic system of South American boundaries is used to instill national identity, mobilize people to war, and control population and territory. This text will be of particular interest to scholars, students, and researchers involved with Latin American politics, diplomacy, and international relations.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275971946
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 429 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


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"Carlos Parodi's new book infuses postmodern sensibilities into the examination of the history and politics of South American border disputes. It is to the author's great credit that he does so in a way that will satisfy readers whose sympathies lie with postmodern approaches as well as those more comfortable with traditional political science theories and methods....The Politics of South American Boundaries is a superb examination of the embedded interests and power behind boundary decision making."-www.apsanet.org
"This brief but valuable compendium on the political borders of South American states examines their origins and ongoing disputes, , , , Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."-Choice
"[T]he book offers a compact and informative approach to the problematics of territorial limits throughout Latin America ... the book will be equally attractive to those interested in political science or in history."-Iberoamericana
" T he book offers a compact and informative approach to the problematics of territorial limits throughout Latin America ... the book will be equally attractive to those interested in political science or in history."-Iberoamericana
?This brief but valuable compendium on the political borders of South American states examines their origins and ongoing disputes, , , , Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above.?-Choice
?[T]he book offers a compact and informative approach to the problematics of territorial limits throughout Latin America ... the book will be equally attractive to those interested in political science or in history.?-Iberoamericana
?Carlos Parodi's new book infuses postmodern sensibilities into the examination of the history and politics of South American border disputes. It is to the author's great credit that he does so in a way that will satisfy readers whose sympathies lie with postmodern approaches as well as those more comfortable with traditional political science theories and methods....The Politics of South American Boundaries is a superb examination of the embedded interests and power behind boundary decision making.?-www.apsanet.org

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