PB Where Do You Draw the Line

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PB Where Do You Draw the Line

  1. 1. Where do you draw the line? Unit 2: Political BoundariesInformation adapted from “Geography for Dummies” by Charles Heatwole
  2. 2. How to Draw Boundaries River Line of LongitudeThis is an area where 8 ethnic groups live and youhave to decide where to place internationalboundaries. How would you do it?
  3. 3. Optionsl Ethnic Boundariesl Natural Boundariesl Geometric (Earth’s grid of latitude/longitude)
  4. 4. Ethnic Consequencesl Multi-nation states: – Hard to create a common identity and sense of unity amongst the people (US)l Multi-state nations: – May lead to irredentism: foreign policy in which one country seeks to acquire foreign territory for the purpose of unifying a nation (India)l State-less nations: – Do nothing – Seek greater autonomy – Fight for independence (Kurds)
  5. 5. Natural Consequencesl Poor definition – Kashmir: disagreement between India and Pakistan over the recommended partition – Southern Andes: Ridges and watersheds used to define the boundary between Argentina and Chile were poorly drawn in the first place results in conflict between the two countries
  6. 6. Natural Consequences continued…l Invisibility: sometimes determining where a border is located is impossible – Amazonia: Amazon basin contains boundaries that can be seen on the map, but because these boundaries pass through trackless jungles and rainforests… it can’t be seen on the ground. – Arabian Peninsula: Arabian desert makes it hard to distinguish boundaries between Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates
  7. 7. Natural Consequences continued…l Natural disasters that changes boundaries – Mississippi River flooding and changing course causes land that used to be on Arkansas’ side to be in Mississippi’s side and vice versa
  8. 8. Geometric Consequencesl Disregard natural boundariesl Disregard ethnic boundaries

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