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12. Europe

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Boundary evolution in Europe was entirely an indigenous process. The changing patterns of large and small political divisions, over considerable areas of the continent, have been recorded, without a break, certainly since the Roman period. Useful perspectives are found in general atlases produced by Shepherd, Engel and Treharne and Fullard. The processes by which the Incas, Sioux, Amandabeles, Turkoman and Aborigines determined boundaries effectively ended when the imperial powers acquired authority in their regions. The boundary adjustments of 1920 had sown the seeds of conflict that were harvested in 1939. But the developments after World War II eventually produced three trends that have contributed to the avoidance of World War III.

Keywords: boundaries; Europe; international frontiers; World War



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