Greg Rogers, Ph.D. Candidate
To study borders and their associated borderlands is to be constantly reexamining not just the shifting locations of boundaries but also their ever-changing meanings for the people and places affected by them. While the maintenance of precise borderlines is an important part of defining the modern nation state as we know it, the boundaries between empires in the eighteenth century were much more hazy. Despite the lack of any clear line on a map, the proximity and crossings between empires could yield dramatic consequences not only for imperial officials but also for the everyday lives of ordinary colonists. The French raid on Saratoga, which occurred in November 1745 during the War of the Austrian Succession (or King George’s War) provides a case study for the ways in which the meaning of borders could quickly change (or even end) the lives of those along them. Read More.