Push the Frontier

Daniel Boone (1734 - 1820) leading a group of settlers. MPI/Getty Images

You’ve seen enough Westerns and Game of Throne episodes to know a frontier when you see it, but what exactly is this boundary between the laws of your world and the promise or threat of another? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the membranous nature of frontier in world-systems theory, as well as Frederick Jackson Turner’s influential thesis on the American frontier.

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Topics in this Podcast: psychology, human condition, history