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Geographical Patterns in the Migration of Capitals

Geographical Patterns in the Migration of Capitals

Chapter:
(p.62) 3 Geographical Patterns in the Migration of Capitals
Source:
American Capitals
Author(s):
Christian Montès
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226080512.003.0003

This chapter looks at the spatial patterns of the “capitalistic migrations” that almost all states have experienced, through a diachronic approach in the framework of American territorial construction. The relation to time differs according to periods, groups and individuals, but chronology has a heuristic value, particularly when the very object of the research is the chronological sequence of capitals. Therefore, this chapter aims at providing a first broad view of the numerous processes at work, along geographical patterns (stability, westward/centrality, rotating capitals, readjustment, apparently erratic).

Keywords:   Capitalistic migrations, Stability, Westward movement, Instability, Territorial construction, Chronology

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