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The Birth of Territory

Stuart Elden


This book provides an account of the emergence of the concept of territory in Western political thought. It does so primarily through a contextualised reading of the texts of that tradition with one key question: what is the relation between place and power? It is therefore historical in its execution, philosophical in its interrogation of texts, and political and geographical in its significance. Taking a broad historical period—Ancient Greece to the seventeenth century—it traces the relation between politics and place in a range of different texts and contexts. This historical period looks a ... More

Keywords: territory, sovereignty, jurisdiction, the state, geography, power, place, political theory, international relations, genealogy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226202563
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226041285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Elden, author