Cross-Border Co-operation after World War II

  • Viktor Frhr von Malchus


Borders may be natural occurrences or the result of human activities, in which case they are historically explicable spatial structures. From the patchwork of historical regions of the 18th and 19th century, nation states were developed in the 19th and 20th century. Due to wars, borders were drawn between the nation states which separated many historical European regions and led to the phenomenon of peripheral location: settlement, economy and transport facilities became less developed in border regions than in the nation state centres. Particularly in the first half of this century, border regions were usually structurally underdeveloped areas which, for military reasons, were also insufficiently developed with regard to roads and rail connections (von Malchus 1975).


Regional Development Regional Policy Border Region Operational Programme European Parliament 
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