Nagaland Travel on A few decades later, Carl Schmitt, in his 1942 text Land and Sea (1997), reinterprets against this background a sentence from Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right: Just as the earth, the firm and solid ground, is a precondition of the principle of family life, so is the sea the natural element for industry, whose relations with the external world it enlivens (Hegel 1991, 268; emphasis in original). Schmitt’s goal was to inscribe within a world historic framework the antagonism between Germany and sea powers such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Independently of this political goal, his reading of this paragraph from Hegel (which is very close to the Marxian reading of the paragraphs on civil society, as he perfidiously added in a preface written in 1981) nicely foreshadows what is currently discussed in world systems theory as the tense relationship between territorialism and capitalism (see, for instance, Ar-righi 2007, 211-49) or what we have reframed as the relationship between political borders and frontiers of capital. Obviously, a crucial site for the elaboration of this relationship was the great debate on imperialism that involved Marxists, liberal intellectuals, and political militants around the years of World War I. Although this is not the place for reconstructing this debate, it is worth emphasizing its importance from the point of view of border as method. The concept of imperialism brings the world scale of capital accumulation and valorization back into the analysis. It also provides another perspective on the crisis of political geography constructed on linear borders between nation-states in Europe and colonial frontiers beyond Europe that we discussed in the previous chapter. Nagaland Travel 2016.
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