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2. Frontiers

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This chapter considers those aspects of frontiers that are of interest to political geographers and it is divided into three parts. First there is a consideration of settlement frontiers that exist within a single country. Second political frontiers are used to separate neighbouring countries are examined. Third there is an account of some historical political frontiers. Two kinds of settlement frontiers are recognized. Primary settlement frontiers exist where a state is taking possession of its territory for the first time. Secondary settlement frontiers are found in many countries and mark zones that separate settled and uninhabited regions of the state. Political frontiers once separated neighbouring countries and geographic interest in them is mainly concerned with their physical characteristics, their position, the attitudes and policies of flanking states, the influence of the frontier on subsequent development of the cultural landscape and the way in which boundaries were drawn within the frontier.

Keywords: Frontiers; political frontiers; political geographers; Primary settlement frontiers; Secondary settlement frontiers; settlement frontiers

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