Citizenship through the perspective of borders and frontiers

Citizenship through the perspective of borders and frontiers 

By Steven G. Ellis

Citizenship in Historical Perspective, edited by Steven G. Ellis, Guðmundur Hálfdanarson and Ann Katherine Isaacs (Pisa University Press, 2006)

Synopsis: This section on the nature of citizenship from the perspective of frontiers and identities comprises three parts. The first part includes some general remarks about the origins of citizenship in the modern sense, preceded by a sketch of the means by which citizenship may now be acquired and transmitted. There follows in the second part three case studies exploring its meaning in medieval and early modern times. Finally, there is a discussion of aspects of citizenship in modern times, notably an extended study from different perspectives of the multi-national experience of the final phase of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

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