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Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood

By Joshua Keating. First-rate reporting and a far-flung sense of adventure combine to provide fresh insight into what it means to be a nation in the 21st century. Offering a thoughtful analysis of how the world's borders came to be and an examination of exceptions to the rules of what defines a country, the author explores such self-proclaimed countries as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, Somaliland, and Akwesasne. Stories about the efforts of these would-be countries support the idea that although the current world appears fairly static, forces are in place which may spark change. History is skillfully interwoven with observations drawn from interviews with residents, political leaders, and scholars from these "invisible countries." Grades 9 and up. Index. Source notes. Yale University Press. 282 pages. ©2018.

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