A new explanation of the course of international politics from the rebirth of the German Empire to the rise of China. This volume contributes to empirically based geopolitical theory and uses that theory to improve our understanding of the major events in the international strategic history of a 150-year period.
Seven key historical chapters cover all the major areas:
- End of the Columbian Era? 1871-1914
- Continental Hegemony and the Road-Test of War, I: 1914-1918
- The Myth of Benign Transformation, I: New World Order, 1919-1939?
- Continental Hegemony and the Road-Test of War, II: 1939-1945
- Continental Hegemony and the Road -Test of (Cold) War, III: 1945-1989
- The Myth of Benign Transformation, II:(Another) New World Order, 1990-2000
- Benign Transformation Postponed (Again): Geopolitics as Usual, 2001-2021
In addition to these historical chapters, this essential text presents clear sections on geopolitical ideas, on possible patterns in strategic history, as well as an extensive 'critique and response' concerning the integrity of geopolitical approaches to world politics.
About the Author
Geoff Sloan is lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading, UK.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Colin S. Gray
1. Geopolitics: Geography, History and Strategy, a Trinity of Relations
2. Geopolitics: Methods and Theories
3. British Foreign Policy and the Heartland: Challenge and Nemesis
4. Britain, Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic: Failure and Redemption
5. A Geographical Aurora: Geopolitics in the United States during the Second World War
6. Geopolitics and Containment 1945-1973: A Strategy without Limits
7. The Geopolitics of China and the Pacific Pivot