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11 Epilogue: Conceptualizing Walls and borders—“Globalization from within”

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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book Empires and Walls: Globalization, Migration, and Colonial Domination, which deals with the defunct and dismantled ancient and modern walls. Imperial walls and barriers that are constructed and maintained are seldom located on the frontiers. Borders are demarcation lines between two socio-political entities, and up to the point that their economies function independently there is no need for an intensive border fortification and control. The offensive-defensive wall is erected when the imperial integrity is challenged both from within and outside the imperial center. The chapter draws parallels between the failed and defunct 'modern' Berlin Wall, and the impending fate of the newly established security walls and fences along the United States (U.S.)-Mexico border and Israel-occupied West Bank Palestinian territories.

Keywords: barriers; Berlin Wall; imperial walls; Israel-occupied West Bank Palestinian territories; offensive-defensive wall; United States (U.S.)-Mexico border



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