Raising Cartographic Consciousness

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

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 156.7 x 235.7 x 14.5mm | 353.81g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739100114
  • 9780739100110

About Mark R. Polelle

Mark R. Polelle is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Findlay in Ohio.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Geopolitics: A Spatial Science of the Fin de Siecle Chapter 2 From Balance of Power Politics to Geopolitics Chapter 3 Mackinder's Geopolitical Program Chapter 4 Haushofer and the Pursuit of German Geopolitics Chapter 5 Nicholas Spykman and the Creation of an American Geopolitics Chapter 6 Conclusion Chapter 7 Bibliography: Primary Sources Chapter 8 Bibliography: Secondary Sources Chapter 9 Indexshow more

Review quote

This interesting and in many ways admirable book embodies exemplary research...The book is a good introduction to imperial and geopolitical ideas. CHOICEshow more