Theories of Geopolitics

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James Biser Whisker – Emeritus/Retired, West Virginia University, PA, USA
Kevin R. Spiker, PhD – Associate Professor of Political Science, Ohio University, St. Clairsville, OH, USA

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: POL062000; POL011000; POL040020
DOI: 10.52305/QZGT1698

Using insights from critical geopolitics and cultural history, this book focuses on how the academic discipline of geopolitics was created, negotiated, and contested by a wide variety of intellectuals, practitioners, and academics. Many geopoliticians wish to begin by requiring that geopolitics take responsibility for its misuse in the past. Many also agree that this science must reconceptualize geopolitics to account for the many changes which have occurred in the late 20th, and early 21st, centuries. This book considers how geopolitical writings have been influenced by religion, iconography, and doctrine. It also considers how geopolitics has been reformulated in the post-World War II period.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. Defining Geopolitics

Chapter 2. Earliest Geographers

Chapter 3. Early Modern Geopolitics

Chapter 4. Rudolf Kjellén

Chapter 5. Friedrich Ratzel

Chapter 6. Alfred Mahan

Chapter 7. Halford Mackinder

Chapter 8. Karl Haushofer

Chapter 9. Geopolitics in France

Chapter 10. Spykman and the Rimland Thesis

Chapter 11. Some Important Geopoliticians

Chapter 12. Alexander Dugin

About the Authors

Bibliography

Index