Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Political Science - 157 pages
Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world: one that considers the links between political power, geography, and cultural diversity.In certain places such as Iraq, Lebanon, or Israel, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these "danger zones" - in Europe or the US for example - geopoliticsremains an important part of everyday life. For a country's location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources all affect how the people that live there understand and interact with the wider world. In this new edition Klaus Dodds takes into account several world developments that haveoccured since original publication, including the Arab Spring, the worldwide economic crisis, and the developing role of China in international politics.Using wide-ranging examples, from historical maps to James Bond films and the rhetoric of political leaders both past and present, this Very Short Introduction shows why, for a full understanding of contemporary global politics, it is not just smart - it is essential - to be geopolitical.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

Its essential to be geopolitical
1
An intellectual poison?
18
Geopolitical architectures
48
Geopolitics and identity
70
Geopolitics and objects
96
Popular geopolitics
119
References
147
Further reading
149
Index
153
SOCIAL MEDIA Very Short Introduction
158
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Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London. Since publication of Geopolitics VSI, he has co-edited three books, Spaces of Security and Insecurity (2009), Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture (2010), and The Ashgate Handbook on Critical Geopolitics (2012). He has also written The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction.

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