«Phantom borders». Actuality of the past in contemporary spaces

Author/s Béatrice von Hirschhausen
Publishing Year 2018 Issue 2018/103
Language Italian Pages 19 P. 97-115 File size 210 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2018-103005
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This article analyses the marks that the old imperial borders have left in the geography of current social practices. The study carried out in Central and Eastern Europe on the effects of these historic borders provides an occasion to relaunch the current debate of geo-historical differences, and the scientific foundations of areas studies. The article begins by laying out the theoretical issues of the «phantom» metaphore, then presents a case study on the role of historical borders in everyday life in rural Romania. From there, the author derives new theoretical propositions and show that the historical traces in current geographical space also result from social visions of the future.

Keywords: Cultural area, Mental maps, Borderland, Central and East Europe, Balkanism

Béatrice von Hirschhausen, Le «frontiere fantasma». L’attualità del passato negli spazi contemporanei in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 103/2018, pp 97-115, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2018-103005