I’ve recently received the proofs for The Birth of Territory, due out later this year. It looks good and I’ve not spotted anything serious as yet.
It’s a strange experience to be reading this in very-near-final form, looking like a book. I’ve written other books, and had this experience before, but nothing I’ve done has taken anything like this long to research, think and write. I can look at pages and remember when and where I first read the text being discussed, thought through the things I would say, and found the right formulation to convey it. Some of the endnotes represent days or weeks of work. I remember how long it took, and how difficult it was, to track down some references. There are sections of this book that were drafted in 2000, and parts finalised in 2012. It was researched in libraries in North America, Europe, Singapore and Australia. I gave lectures or seminars on the content in fourteen countries. The book is 488 pages long, without index. It could have been much longer, and there were some cuts I found hard to make. Nonetheless it’s the book I wanted to write, without the shortcuts that might have been necessary had I not had the Leverhulme major research fellowship. I’m looking forward to it being available later this year.