A fast paced introduction that will have you thinking in new ways about international borders, immigrants, illegal aliens, and international organizations like the UN and the EU. As the title suggests, this book was a brief overview of borders It began by detailing the varying perspectives on borders, frontiers, territory, and sovereignty that occurred throughout history later chapters discussed contemporary issues surrounding borders Having read and thoroughly enjoyed two other Very Short Introduction books, I had high expectations going into this one, but it failed to live up to them The writing was dull, and I found some of the sections to be slightly repetitive, which is kind of a bummer for a book of such a short length On the plus side, I love the size and design of the books in this series If you have a burning desire to learn a little bit about border studies and collect a few neat facts along the way, then maybe this book is for you I can t think of any other reason to read it though. Compelling and accessible, this Very Short Introduction challenges the perception of borders as passive lines on a map, revealing them instead to be integral forces in the economic, social, political, and environmental processes that shape our lives Highlighting the historical development and continued relevance of borders, Alexander Diener and Joshua Hagen offer a powerful counterpoint to the idea of an imminent borderless world, underscoring the impact borders have on a range of issues, such as economic development, inter and intra state conflict, global terrorism, migration, nationalism, international law, environmental sustainability, and natural resource management Diener and Hagen demonstrate how and why borders have been, are currently, and will undoubtedly remain hot topics across the social sciences and in the global headlines for years to come This compact volume will appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of scholars and students, including geographers, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, international relations and law experts, as well as lay readers interested in understanding current events. A very well done and nicely crafted brief introduction to the idea of how borders political, but also social and ethnic have been constructed down the years, and how the meanings of borders have changed Also Diener examines how we ve changed the way we see borderlines and why borderlands and liminal zones have become so passionately embraced by academics and artists and writers over the past generation or two One of the better books in the VSI series, and one very much worth reading. This was a solidly written book and should be useful as an introductory resource to those probably not too many who would like to pursue research into borders in the context of political science, economics or general international studies Like good academics, the authors were careful to maintain multilateralism, neutrality, and some rigor throughout the book although I felt I encountered the word unprecedented too many times in their description of our modern era , which, on the other hand, made the book rather dry and humorless which probably will disappoint those who picked up this book for a quick entertainment or intellectual stimulus. Okay, the topic of Borders is a huge one A short introduction to the subject is enough to overwhelm me due to its breath even with not much depth involved It is really hard to sum this up Let me try The author talked about historical development of borders, its current forms, roles, also mentioned air outer space, cyber world as borders, borders means very much to human existance and also environmental, ecological issuesuhmooo Roman Patrician wall, Chinese Great Wall, Summerians civilization, Persian empire, modern International Law, The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLOS , Talibans, Somalia, South Americas,uhmmooo, oh sh t, you blundering idiot Read the book s description maybe helpful, please do it. This is the first Very Short Introduction I ve read, and I was impressed I ve regarded the series as a slightly intellectual Complete Idiots Guide to , but this was much better than slightly intellectual A lot of theoretical groundwork, and a very interdisciplinary look at bordering border studies One thing I would have liked to have seen of was borders in art literaturethis topic gets an interesting mention in the epilogue, but could be worth a chapter or section of its own. For a 150 page book, was hoping for pages on very modern border issues Felt like than half the book centered the history of borders and feudal systems and stuff about which I didn t want to read My review reflects my expectations, but I m sure there are people who ll read it and thoroughly enjoy it. If you were an alien life form with a perfect knowledge of the English language, but no idea about borders territories democracies monarchies, etc., then this would be the book for you Otherwise, it felt not like a short introduction, as the title promises, but a long compilation of definitions of each and every word related in any sort of geographical or sociological way to borders, e.g., The related enterprises of human smuggling and human trafficking enable illegal flows of people across borders Human smuggling involves assisting a person to gain unauthorized entry into a foreign country, usually in exchange for payment, etc I do think the series, A Short Introduction, has potential, as there are definitely subjects it covers like Choice Theory or The Blues, where I may as well be that alien life form with a strong working knowledge of English and may thus get out of them. This is largely a history of national borders, but it does at least make mention of natural, ethnic, intellectual, aerospace, nautical and cultural ones Though pretty well endowed with thought provoking claims and insights for instance, the whole idea of fixed national borders is relatively new only a couple three centuries old the discourse is pretty much composed of generalities and the prose is dry In support of this last, I downloaded the audiobook in 2019 and had absolutely no memory of having read it before Any nonfiction authors out there looking for a subject I see real potential for a book for young readers on this subject.