Westphalia, Migration, and Feudal Privilege

Authors

  • Harald Bauder Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v15i3.356

Keywords:

Westphalian Treaties, sovereignty, feudal privilege, migration, territory

Abstract

Most people acquire citizenship at birth; and modern liberal states regulate the migration of non-citizens as a matter of their sovereignty. Do contemporary border and migration controls based on citizenship therefore enforce the continuation of feudal birth privilege? In this paper I interrogate this question by examining the role of migration controls in the Westphalian Treaties, which  define a milestone in the development of territorial state sovereign. I find that the Treaties assumed that a sovereign’s subjects are not free to cross territorial borders, and that migration controls continue to enforce birth privilege. However, while feudal sovereigns ruled by bondage, modern liberal states rule by exclusion.

Published

2018-07-07

How to Cite

Bauder, H. (2018). Westphalia, Migration, and Feudal Privilege. Migration Letters, 15(3), 333-346. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v15i3.356

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