Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations / Edition 2

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Overview

Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition, this textbook examines the dramatic changes wrought by ideological and economic forces unleashed by the end of the Cold War. Saul Bernard Cohen, one of the world's leading political geographers, considers these forces in the context of their human and physical settings and explores their geographical influence on foreign policy and international relations. Beginning with a survey of geopolitics and its practitioners, Saul Bernard Cohen explains geopolitical terms, structure, and theory. He traces the geopolitical restructuring of the world's different regions, its major powers, and the global networks that link them, thus creating a map of dynamic equilibrium. Cohen illustrates why those regions—the convergence of what he terms the Maritime, Heartlandic Russian, and East Asian realms —have become "Gateways," while the Middle East remains a "Shatterbelt" and much of South America and Sub-Saharan Africa have grown marginalized. The author argues that whether certain areas become Gateways or Shatterbelts is the key question influencing global stability. For example, the future of peripheral parts of the Eurasian Heartland-Eastern Europe, the Trans-Caucasus, and Central Asia depends on whether the major powers adopt policies of accommodation or competition. Cohen analyzes especially the current forces favoring accommodation, including the economic benefits of globalization and the common battle against terrorism. Presenting a global spatial scope, the book considers the entire hierarchy of geopolitical units—subnational, national states, and quasi-states; geopolitical regions; and geostrategic realms. By emphasizing the interaction between geographical settings and changing ideological and economic forces, Cohen has succeeded in creating a new global geopolitical map.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Praise for the first edition:

This is the most ambitious and comprehensive survey of the field of geopolitics and current geostrategical issues available anywhere. Highly recommended.

Choice
This is the most ambitious and comprehensive survey of the field of geopolitics and current geostrategical issues available anywhere. Highly recommended.
Alan K. Henrikson
This is reality-based political geography at its best—a combination of deep factual knowledge of the world's major regions, including knowledge of their historical interaction as well as their current relations, with a panoptic world view, not of the shape of the globe as it should be but as it likely will be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556768
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 1,045,763
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Saul Bernard Cohen is University Professor of Geography emeritus at Hunter College, City University of New York, and past director of the Clark University Graduate School of Geography.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Survey of Geopolitics
Chapter 3: Geopolitical Structure and Theory
Chapter 4: The Cold War and Its Aftermath
Chapter 5: North and Middle America
Chapter 6: South America
Chapter 7: Maritime Europe and the Maghreb
Chapter 8: Russia and the Eurasian Convergence Zone
Chapter 9: The East Asia Geostrategic Realm
Chapter 10: The Asia-Pacific Rim
Chapter 11: South Asia
Chapter 12: The Middle East Shatterbelt
Chapter 13: Sub-Saharan African Shatterbelt
Epilogue

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