Westphalian Culture of Border Control: From Maturity to Contestation

in Cultures of Border Control

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226977867
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226977881 | DOI:
Westphalian Culture of Border Control: From Maturity to Contestation

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This chapter discusses the key assumptions and related practices characterizing the Westphalian culture of border control in Europe. It concentrates on the developments in the post-World War II period. The “Westphalian culture of border control” has been inextricably connected with the vicissitudes of the modern state system. The Westphalian territorial principles were formally regarded as fundamental prerequisites for both internal and international peace and stability. The Iron Curtain functioned as a tool of collective defense. It was an imposing figure in Europe's political landscape. The major threats to Westphalia emerging in the three decades after the end of World War II were kept under control. The effects of immigration, “Euro-sclerosis,” terrorism and cross-border police cooperation on the border control domain in Europe are finally elaborated.

Keywords: border control; Westphalian culture; Europe; post-World War II period; Iron Curtain; immigration; Euro-sclerosis; terrorism; cross-border police cooperation

Chapter.  8911 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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