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Marginal EuropeThe Contribution of Marginal Lands since the Middle Ages$
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Sidney Pollard

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206385.001.0001

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The Complementarity Thesis

The Complementarity Thesis

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This chapter holds that that margins are neither necessarily inferior nor superior, but are different and often fulfil a complementary role to the regions located in the ‘core’. It is possible to view them, not so much as regions going their own separate way, but rather as regions integrated into the national economy, which, because of their distinctiveness, developed mutually beneficial relations with their neighbouring territories on the basis of some form of division of labour. This view, which emphasizes both the symbiosis and the innate differences, may be referred to as the complementarity thesis. Complementarity implies a degree of mutual dependence rather than inferiority or superiority.

Keywords:   marginal lands, mutual dependence, symbiosis, vegetation, Europe

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