Political regions and time

  • Richard Muir


With the exception of inhospitable polar regions and a few scattered areas where colonial relationships survive, the land surface of the earth is now divided up into a political patchwork of sovereign states. In area after area previous forms of political region have yielded to the sovereign state, though the processes of political-geographical evolution have varied remarkably. ‘Ideas about boundaries’, writes Jones, ‘are related to their geographical and historical milieu.’1 The same applies to the political regions contained within these boundaries. Particular forms of political region are related to particular stages in social and political organisation, with changes in the level of a group’s development leading to a reappraisal of its political-geographical circumstance.


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© Richard Muir 1981

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  • Richard Muir
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  1. 1.Cambridgeshire College of Arts and TechnologyUK

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