Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
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In places such as Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel, moving a few feet in a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these "danger zones"- in Europe or the US for example - geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. A country's location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources all affect how the people that live there understand and interact with the wider world. In this new edition, Klaus Dodds takes into account several world developments that have occured since original publication, including the Arab Spring, the worldwide economic crisis, and the developing role of China in international politics.
Using wide-ranging examples, from historical maps to James Bond films and the rhetoric of political leaders both past and present, this Very Short Introduction shows why- for a full understanding of contemporary global politics- it necessary to be geopolitical.
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writings and social networks of Professor Karl Haushofer. Born in 1869, he entered the German army and ﬁnally retired in 1919 with the rank of major general. During his period of military service, he was sent to Japan in order to study their armed forces. Whilst on secondment (1908–10), Haushofer learnt Japanese and developed a keen interest in that country’s culture. His interactions with Japanese military ofﬁcers and geographers was critical in facilitating the emergence of Japanese
was that the German state was a super-organism that needed ‘living space’ and associated territorial outlets. Despite his connections with Nazi ofﬁcials, Haushofer’s inﬂuence was on the wane by the late 1930s and early 1940s. He neither believed, as many Nazis did, that an international cabal of Jews and Communists was plotting to take over the world nor endorsed Hitler’s obsession with the undue inﬂuence of German Jewry on the national welfare of Germany itself. By 1941–2, German émigré
vision of a global United States, which is concerned with American hegemony and ability to project power in order to secure the national interest. This kind of appreciation of geopolitics as a broader cultural enterprise is not without precedent, however. Throughout the intellectual history of geopolitics, there are examples of individuals and groups committed to different forms of cultural and historical analysis, such as those found in critical geopolitics today. The work of Yves Lacoste and
Kennedy administration’s decision to confront the Soviets over their 119 Maps and geopolitics Third, Frank Capra’s Why We Fight series is investigated, with particular attention given to The Nazi Strike, because it brought the maps and geographical vocabularies associated with Halford Mackinder to a wider public domain. Produced for the United States War Department and the Signal Corp, the series was immensely important in explaining to viewers the political and geographical reasons behind the
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