Raising Cartographic Consciousness: The Social and Foreign Policy Vision of Geopolitics in the Twentieth Century

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Lexington Books, 1999 - History - 164 pages
In this book, Mark R. Polelle presents an overview of the evolution of geopolitical thought in three national contexts--the United States, Britain, and Germany--from 1870 to the present. Polelle examines in particular the rise of the defense intellectual and shows how the measurement of national power has changed. Geopolitics early in the century assumed the centrality of space and territory, but we close the century with despacialized concerns over geo-economic conflicts (e.g., that between Japan and the United States). Polelle explains this shift by putting it into historical context. His use of both historical and geographical methods makes Raising Cartographic Consciousness a valuable book for historians, geographers, and political scientists.
 

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Contents

Geopolitics A Spatial Science of the Fin de Siècle
From Balance of Power Politics to Geopolitics
27
Mackinders Geopolitical Program
54
Haushofer and the Pursuit of German Geopolitics
89
Nicholas Spykman and the Creation of an American Geopolitics
115
Conclusion
142
Primary Sources
147
Secondary Sources
151
Index
159
About the Author
163
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Mark R. Polelle is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Findlay in Ohio.

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