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Terra Nullius and the Neutral Zone: Not an Indie Band



This chapter returns to the topic of borders, but specifically looks at lax and absent national boundaries. Cases discussed include the Neutral Zone; the land between Croatia and Serbia that neither side wants; the so-called Google War; and the author’s investigation of an American golf course that was strangely left on the wrong side of the US-Mexico border. The chapter concludes with a few strange instances where two or more states agree to share territory, calling into question the common assumption that that states always set definitive borders, that states have claimed all of the world’s available territory, and that states never give up territorial claims willingly.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Human SciencesOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan

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