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Geopolitics identifies and scrutinizes the central features of geopolitics from the sixteenth century to the present. The book focuses on five key concepts of the modern geopolitical imagination: * Visualising the world as a whole * The definition of geographical areas as 'advanced' or 'primitive' * The notion of the state being the highest form of political organization * The pursuit of primacy by competing states * The necessity for hierarchy.
A comparative study of the relationship between the end of the Cold War and the resurgence of geopolitics in Europe.
War and Change in World Politics introduces the reader to an important new theory of international political change. Arguing that the fundamental nature of international relations has not changed over the millennia, Professor Gilpin uses history, sociology, and economic theory to identify the forces causing change in the world order. The discussion focuses on the differential growth of power in the international system and the result of this unevenness. A shift in the balance of power - economic or military - weakens the foundations of the existing system, because those gaining power see the increasing benefits and the decreasing cost of changing the system. The result, maintains Gilpin, is that actors seek to alter the system through territorial, political, or economic expansion until the marginal costs of continuing change are greater than the marginal benefits. When states develop the power to change the system according to their interests they will strive to do so- either by increasing economic efficiency and maximizing mutual gain, or by redistributing wealth and power in their own favour.
A study of how traditional ideas of home, homeland and nation have been destabilized by patterns of migration and communication technologies. Analyzing mobility and connectedness, Morley relates them to micro-structures in the home and to debates about the nation, community and cultural identity.
How do the places where people live help structure and restructure their sociopolitical identities and interests? In this book, renowned political geographer John A. Agnew presents a theoretical model that addresses the relation of place to politics and applies it to a series of historicogeographical case studies set in modern Italy. For Agnew, place is not just a static backdrop against which events occur, but a dynamic component of social, economic, and political processes. He shows, for instance, how the lack of a common "landscape ideal" or physical image of Italy delayed the development of a sense of nationhood among Italians after unification. And Agnew uses the post-1992 victory of the Northern League over the Christian Democrats in many parts of northern Italy to explore how parties are replaced geographically during periods of intense political change. Providing a fresh new approach to studying the role of space and place in social change, Place and Politics in Modern Italy will interest geographers, political scientists, and social theorists.
"National Identity and Geopolitical Visions searches for national orientations in the relationship of a people with the world, a relationship based on the desire for state security and for an influence outside that state." "Through nine country-specific essays - on Germany, Britain, the United States, Argentina, Australia, Russia, Serbia, Iraq and India - the author explores whether there is continuity in national values and foreign policy, and how such geopolitical visions are shaped by national and international events. The pattern is diverse, but geopolitical visions are never the rational evaluation of a country's strategic advantages that the word "geopolitics" suggests."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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