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Nomos and Land-Appropriation

“Every fundamental order is a spatial order. One speaks of the constitution of a country or a piece of earth as of its fundamental order, its Nomos. Now, the true, actual fundamental order touches in its essential core upon particular spatial boundaries and separations, upon particular quantities and a particular partition of the earth. At the beginning of every great epoch there stands a great land-appropriation. In particular, every significant alteration and every resituating of the image of the earth is bound up with world-political alterations and with a new division of the earth, with a new land-appropriation.”

—Carl Schmitt, Land and Sea: A World-Historical Meditation

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Land and Sea is Carl Schmitt's ambitious and often beautiful effort to render the geo-political history of humankind as grand fable. Schmitt muses over man's fate as he transformed from land-bound creature to conqueror of the seas and eventually the skies. The subtext of the work concerns Germany's precarious position as defender of humanity's fundamental political essence as it withstands sieges from various trans-territorial forces, especially England, the Soviet Union, the United States and, most chillingly, the Jews. Berman and Zeitlin must be commended for making this astounding work available to English-speaking audiences in such an impeccably translated and annotated form for the first time.”
John P. McCormick, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago, and author of Carl Schmitt's Critique of Liberalism: Against Politics as Technology

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