ISSUE: 3/2015

  • Volume 75
  • Number 3
  • 2015


Studia Europejskie –
Studies in European Affairs

ISSN: 1428-149X
e-ISSN: 2719-3780

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Granice państw Europy. Zróżnicowanie cech i funkcji

European Countries’ Borders. The Diversity of Features and Functions


The aim of the article is to present differentiated features and functions of the contemporary Europe countries’ borders. We can notice an explicit dualism of forming their current course and meaning. The maps from various time periods in Europe are entirely different images. What contributed to it are changes of borders as a result of conquests, wars, separatist movements, disintegration of some countries and unifi cation of the others. There remained marks in the landscape: fortifi cations, bunkers and watchtowers. The idea of European integration was born in this area. There is even a popular saying “Europe without borders”. Right after the end of World War II, an idea of the United States of Europe was postulated and a few years later arose The Iron Curtain – a chain of
heavily guarded borders that divided Europe into the two different political units. Its collapse started an age of diminishing obstacles regarding border barriers and fi nished up in a world phenomenon – Schengen area. These two trends indicated in the article are exemplifi ed with roles of spatial barriers as well as cross-border cooperation.


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Language: Polish

Pages: 9-29

How to Cite:


Kałuski, S. (2015) "Granice państw Europy. Zróżnicowanie cech i funkcji". Studia Europejskie – Studies in European Affairs, 3/2015, pp. 9-29.