Borders were a powerful symbol of identity and historical continuity, both for the state as institution and for the peoples they contain. Their protection was a matter of “national security” and the exclusive responsibility of central governments. They have also continued to be a central feature of Europe's political landscape. Due to the regime's institutionalization and expansion, the term “Schengen” has entered the everyday vocabulary of European politics. The emergence of Schengen was connected to a change in the ideational context in which key actors dealing with border control in the region are inserted. Retelling the story of Schengen provided a vital opportunity to evaluate the origins of one of the most far-reaching events in recent European politics. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.
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