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American CapitalsA Historical Geography$
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Christian Montès

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226080482

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226080512.001.0001

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Geographical Patterns in the Migration of Capitals

Geographical Patterns in the Migration of Capitals

(p.62) 3 Geographical Patterns in the Migration of Capitals
American Capitals

Christian Montès

University of Chicago Press

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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