Frontiers of possession asks how territorial borders were established in europe and the americas during the early modern period and challenges the standard view that national boundaries are largely determined by military conflicts and treaties. This book analyzes the territorial formation of spain and portugal in both europe and the americas rather than being determined by treaties or military confrontations as historians have asserted the shape both countries acquired in the early modern period was the end result of multiple activities by a plethora of agents who while they went . Herzog tamar frontiers of possession spain and portugal in europe and the americas cambridge london harvard university press 2015 384 pp. Frontiers of possession spain and portugal in europe and the americas by tamar herzog cambridge mass harvard university press 2015 384 pp 3500. Herzog demonstrates that the same fundamental questions had to be addressed in europe and in the americas territorial control was always subject to negotiation as neighbors and outsiders in their quotidian interactions carved out and defended new frontiers of possession
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