Geopolitics, Geography and Strategy

Geopolitics, Geography and Strategy

by Colin S. Gray
     
 

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Geopolitical conditions influence all strategic behaviour - even when cooperation among different kinds of military power is expected as the norm, action has to be planned and executed in specific physical environments. The geographical world cannot be avoided, and it happens to be 'organized' into land, sea, air and space - and possibly the electromagnetic spectrum…  See more details below

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Geopolitical conditions influence all strategic behaviour - even when cooperation among different kinds of military power is expected as the norm, action has to be planned and executed in specific physical environments. The geographical world cannot be avoided, and it happens to be 'organized' into land, sea, air and space - and possibly the electromagnetic spectrum including 'cyberspace'. Although the meaning of geography for strategy is a perpetual historical theme, explicit theory on the subject is only one hundred years old. Ideas about the implication of geographical, especially spatial, relationships for political power - which is to say 'geopolitics'- flourished early in the twentieth century.
Divided into theory and practice sections, this volume covers the big names such as Mackinder, Mahan and Haushofer, as well as looking back at the vital influence of weather and geography on naval power in the long age of sail (sixteenth to nineteenth centuries). It also looks forward to the consequences of the revival of geopolitics in post-Soviet Russia and the new space-based field of "astropolitics".

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Reviving geopolitics from shadow of German determinism under which it has fallen, British and North American strategists, geographers, and political scientists look at the field from first a theoretical, then a practical perspective. The Heartland Theory of Sir Halford Mackinder, information as the fifth dimension, inescapable geography, and weather and naval power in the age of sail are among the topics. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The British Army Review

"For those for whom geopolitics is a closed subject, or are unclear as to what it is all about, this book (or parts of it at least) provides an interesting and painless entry. "

Geography, July 2000

"Many geographers might think that there was little new to say, but these essays reveal subtle and dynamic view of the world order from the past. [sic] Crucially, the ideas are now extended into new areas in this book. ... This is a significant and readable book which ought to be essential reading for any serious student of geopolitics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135265090
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/14/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
5 MB

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