The Birth of Territory cover

Stuart reveals the cover of his forthcoming book the Birth of Territory. I was wondering how this might look and I think it’s an excellent choice, blending intellectual labor, strife and violence, and geography. Good topics for the subject matter!

Progressive Geographies

The book will be out in August – University of Chicago Press page here.


Here’s what I say about the subject of the picture in the book:

Irnerius (c.1050-c.1130) is a largely unknown figure, but he founded the school known as the Glossators… A painting of Irnerius, by Luigi Serra from the 19th century, on the ceiling of one of the rooms of the Palazzo d’Accursio in Bologna, demonstrates the interrelation of legal, political, religious and geographical themes in their work. The background shows a city, landscape and armies, with a priest blessing the troops as they prepare to go to battle. This is the context of the legal work Irnerius is doing in the foreground. Yet it is the work of Irnerius and those who followed him that provides the basis for the politics of land and conflict that are taking place at the same time. The lawyers were working…

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