#see power tuesdays: Of heartlands and rimlands

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Image: Polelle (1999)

As I kicked off “geopolitical week” on my blog with one of the godfathers of
geopolitics, Halford Mackinder, I am posting two maps illustrating
perhaps the most influential geopolitical theory to date, the Heartland thesis and its Rimland further development.

Before
we dive into the intricacies as to what geopolitics actually is and
ponder what it takes to be good at it tomorrow, let’s just stick to a
very basic description: Geopolitics is about states (mostly), relations
between them and the
geographical context in which they exist. Another way of putting it –
geopolitics is a way of “seeing” the world (Flint, 2006).

Not surprisingly, maps take front and centre stage. 

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Image: Polelle (1999)

Further reading:

Christopher, J.F. “Sir Halford Mackinder, Geopolitics, and Policymaking in the 21st Century”, Parameters, Summer 2000

Flint, Colin. Introduction to Geopolitics, Routledge, 2006

Mackinder, H.J., “The Geographical Pivot of History”, The Geographical Society, Vol. 23, No.4, (April 1904), 421-437

Polelle,
Mark.  Raising Cartographic Consciousness: The Social and Foreign Policy
Vision of Geopolitics in the Twentieth Century.
 New York: Lexington Books, 1999

Spykman, Nicholas
John.  The Geography of the Peace.
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1944

Johanna M

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