Heartlands of Eurasia

Heartlands of Eurasia : The Geopolitics of Political Space

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Based on an exploration of the heartland debate, Heartlands of Eurasia examines how the vision of the "pivotal" significance of a vast expanse of land finds its echoes in contemporary narratives, yet is also reinterpreted in creative ways to reflect contemporary political dynamics. In its examination of new methodological terminologies dealing with classical geopolitical narratives, it makes unique contributions both to the study of the region and toward the understanding of geopolitics.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1 map
  • 0739136062
  • 9780739136065
  • 2,151,709

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The book is a fascinating and in-depth study about the interpretations and re-interpretations of Halford Mackinder's theory of 'pivot of history' and heartlands now understood as Eurasia. Although the theory has been debated and expanded over the decades, it has lost neither its significance nor its relevance. In Russia, the debate about Eurasianism is a perennial one. Where does Russia's destiny lie? Is Central Asia Mackinder's pivot of history? Viewed from the perspectives of space, identity, ethnic composition, and natural resources, Central Asia is the pivot and Uzbekistan its center. These aspects are here examined in detail, and the author is to be highly commended for incorporating the views of Central Asian scholars and leaders. A valuable contribution to knowledge and learning. -- Nirmala Joshi, India-Central Asia Foundationshow more

About Anita Sengupta

Anita Sengupta is fellow at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies at Kolkata. She is the author of Russia, China and Multilateralism in Central Asia, The Formation of the Uzbek Nation-State: A Study in Transition, and Frontiers into Borders: The Transformation of Identities in Central Asia.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Where Is the "Heartland"? Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Russian Debates on Eurasia: To Be or Not to Be in the "Heartland" Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Imagining Central Asia: The Geopolitics of Naming Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Metageography and Central Asian Perceptions of the "Heartland" Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Imagined Spaces and Imagined Nations: Conceptualizing "Uzbek" Space Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Discourses on the "Heartland" Chapter 8 Conclusionshow more