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Geopolitics and globalization in the twentieth century
Blouet, Brian W., 1936-
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London : Reaktion, [2001]

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204 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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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.

Author Notes

Brian W. Blouet is Huby Professor of Geography and International Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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The title notwithstanding, this book is essentially a history of Western geopolitical thought from the last third of the 19th century to the close of the Cold War. The recent period, characterized by widespread economic exchange and globalization, is touched on only lightly. First Blouet sketches the consequences of the pre-1914 age of imperialism, followed by a critique of the Versailles peace settlement. In this connection the ideas of well-known geopolitical writers are discussed with lavish attention given to the theories of Halford J. Mackinder about whom the author wrote a well-received book (Halford Mackinder: A Biography, 1987). The policies related to the post-1945 economic and political rebuilding of Europe and the impact of the Cold War period are discussed extensively. The last two chapters are rather puzzling. A sketchy presentation of the geopolitics of the post-WW II period leads the author to the conclusion that geopolitics triumphed during the Cold War era while globalization may presage the death of geopolitics. Geoffrey Parker's Geopolitics: Past, Present and Future (1998) is a better choice as an introduction to geopolitical thought. Recommended for general readers and undergraduate collections. L. K. D. Kristof emeritus, Portland State University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
1 Imperialism, Globalization, Geopoliticsp. 19
2 The Geopolitics of the First World War, 1914-19p. 35
3 Who Rules East Europe Commands the Heartlandp. 46
4 The Collapse of World Orderp. 69
5 The New Order of 1942p. 84
6 Planning the Postwar Worldp. 114
7 The Cold War and the Triumph of Geopoliticsp. 133
8 Globalization and the Death of Geopolitics?p. 159
Referencesp. 179
Select Bibliographyp. 195
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 199
Indexp. 201