Geography and Politics Among Nations: An Introduction to Geopolitics

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iUniverse, Jun 1, 2010 - History - 236 pages
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Geography and Politics Among Nations is intended to assist the general reader to grasp the significance of geopolitical awareness in the conduct of foreign relations. Toward this end, the book begins with a cursory review of selected examples of geopolitical thought from antiquity to the present, which illustrates some of the main tendencies in geopolitical thinking throughout history. This survey of both past and recent geopolitical thinking is followed by a discussion of the intimate relationship between geographical and geostrategic considerations and realistic foreign policy, and then continues with consideration of basic factors affecting geopolitical decision-making such as the size of a state, its configuration, climate, and often most critically its global and regional location. This is followed by a discussion of the frontiers, boundaries, and borderlands that separate and define the territories of states and the impact on them of technological advancements, which is then followed by an examination of the variety of territorial disputes among nations, past and present, many of which remain unresolved. The book concludes with a brief discussion of some of the continuing and prospective geopolitical challenges that are likely to be confronted in the course of the present century.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Geopolitical Thought from Antiquity to the Present
21
3 Foreign Policy and Geography
64
4 Geopolitical Significance of State Size Configuration Climate and Location
86
5 Frontiers Boundaries and Borderlands
134
6 Boundary Disputes and Their Resolution
167
7 Geopolitical Challenges in the 21st Century
198
Selected Bibliography
209
Notes
219
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MARTIN SICKER is a private consultant and lecturer who has served as a senior executive in the U.S. government and has taught at American University and The George Washington University. Dr. Sicker has written extensively in the field of political science and international affairs. He is the author of 22 earlier books, including "The Pre-Islamic Middle East" (Praeger, 2000) and "Between Rome and Jerusalem: 300 Years of Roman-Judaean Relations" (Praeger, 2001).

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