Geopolitics and Globalization in the Twentieth Century

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Reaktion Books, 2001 - History - 204 pages
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This book looks at the struggle between the processes of globalization and geopolitical forces over the last 150 years. The twentieth century witnessed a struggle between geopolitical states who wanted to close off and control earth space, resources and population and globalizing ones who wished to open up the world to the free flow of ideas, goods and services. Brian W. Blouet analyzes the tug-of-war between these tendencies, the playing out of which determined the shape and behavior of today's world. Beginning his survey in the late nineteenth century, Blouet shows how the Second World War served to focus international awareness on the ramifications of global controls, and how we may be facing the end of geopolitics today.
  

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Contents

Imperialism Globalization Geopolitics
19
The Geopolitics of the First World War 191419
35
Who Rules East Europe Commands the Heartland
46
The Collapse of World Order
69
The New Order of 1942
84
Planning the Postwar World
114
The Cold War and the Triumph of Geopolitics
133
Globalization and the Death of Geopolitics?
159
REFERENCES
179
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
195
PHOTOGRAPHIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
199
INDEX
201
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Brian W. Blouet is Huby Professor of Geography and International Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is the author of Halford MacKinder: A Biography (1987).


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