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The Geopolitics Readerby Gearoid O. Tuathail
Synopses & Reviews
This extensively revised second edition of The Geopolitics Reader draws together the most influential and significant geopolitical readings from the last hundred years. A compendium of divergent viewpoints of global conflict and change, it includes readings from Halford Mackinder, Theodore Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, George Kennan, Samuel Huntington, Edward Said, Osama Bin Laden and American neoconservatives. It draws on the most illuminating examples of imperial, Cold War and contemporary geopolitics, as well as new environmental themes, global dangers and multiple resistances to the practices of geopolitics.
Whilst retaining a coherent five part structure, the selection of readings has been updated to account for recent developments in the critical study of geopolitics and the post 9/11 geopolitical landscape (including issues in technoscience, biowarfare, oil politics, and terrorism), and key questions address issues of the transformed nature of threats in the new millennium, the debate over the hegemonic position of the US, and non-American perspectives on contemporary geopolitics.
Skilfully guiding the reader through the divergent viewpoints of global conflict and change, the editors, all leading geopolitical authorities, provide comprehensive introductions and critical commentaries at the start of each section. Illustrated with provocative cartoons, this second edition of The Geopolitics Reader is the ideal textbook for introductory classes on international relations, world politics, political geography and, of course, geopolitics, provoking lively discussion of how questions of discourse and power are at the centre of the critical study of geopolitics.
Book News Annotation:
Cognizant of the imperialist origins of the term geopolitics, Tuathail (government and international affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U., US), Dalby (geography and environmental studies, Carleton U., Canada), Routledge (human geography, U. of Glasgow, UK) present this reader in an effort to foster critical thinking about the history of geopolitical discourse and its contemporary manifestation. Thirty-six selections provide examples of geopolitical (and anti- geopolitical) thinking from some of the most exemplary writers in politics and academia. Among those chosen for inclusion are Karl Houshofer, Adolf Hitler, Harry Truman, George F. Kennan, the members of the Cold War-era Committee on the Present Danger, Samuel Huntington, the Project for a New American Century, Robert Kaplan, Edward W. Said, Frantz Fanon, Subcommandante Marcos, Osama Bin Laden, and Arundhati Roy. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This extensively revised second edition of The Geopolitics Reader draws together the most important political, geographical, historical and sociological readings of geopolitics in the early twenty first century.
The Reader draws on the most illuminating examples of imperial, Cold War, contemporary geopolitics, new environmental themes, global dangers and multiple resistances to the practices of geopolitics. The editors provide comprehensive introductions and critical comment at the beginning of each of the five parts and political cartoons are integrated throughout. Whilst this compendium of divergent viewpoints of global conflict and change has retained its five part structure, the selection of readings have been updated to account for recent developments in the critical study of geopolitics and the post 9/11 geopolitical landscape.
Including readings by Martin Luther King, Vaclav Havel, Osama Bin Laden and George Bush, this invaluable collection of readings introduces fresh perspectives on discourse, power, gender, knowledge and the political economy.
The extensively revised second edition draws together an interdisciplinary collection of the most important political, geographical, historical and sociological readings of geopolitics in the early twenty-first century.
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