1st Edition

On Geopolitics
Space, Place, and International Relations

ISBN 9781594518775
Published January 30, 2014 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

On Geopolitics shows how the 'new geopolitics' combines the fields of geography and international relations to create a comprehensive overview of current political developments. Using recent developments in geographical technology as well as traditional theories and methods, Harvey Starr explores themes of spatiality and territoriality as they connect to international affairs. He also examines geopolitical dynamics beyond borders in a world now buffeted by non state actors and subject to intergovernmental institutions and norms. On Geopolitics is a brilliant synthesis of Starr's ongoing work on conflict and co-operation, alliances, opportunity, and willingness, within a geographic framework. At the same time, Starr points the way toward new tools and techniques for the study of globalisation and world politics.

Table of Contents

1 Geography and International Relations 2 Spaces and Places: The Power of Place and Spatial Analysis 3 Territory, Proximity, and the Geography of International Conflict 4 International Borders in an Age of Globalization 5 Alliances and Geopolitics 6 Geographic Tools: Geographic Information Systems Applied to International Politics 7 The Nature of Borders and Conflict 8 The Nature of Borders and Cooperation: Integration in the European Union 9 The Dynamism of Geography and Global Politics

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“For those who want to know what the field of geography has to offer international relations, this is the place to come. Starr provides a penetrating overview of geopolitics—its concepts, research, new techniques (like GIS), and future prospects—a book not to be missed.”
—John A. Vasquez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“General readers, students, and researchers will appreciate this concise review of the major research streams relating to geopolitics. Despite the de-territorialization of politics, Starr makes the case that ‘place’ still has a major role in understanding international relations.”
—Beth Simmons, Harvard University

“The first attempt by a political scientist to seriously engage with the core concerns of geography by going beyond the usual focus on space and distance to consider the character of places as well as . . . the ‘context of politics,’ a recent theoretical concern of geographers. The book discusses both macro-geopolitics and micro-geopolitics, and correctly rejects the notion of a ‘borderless world’ to offer a much more nuanced approach to the study of borders and territory.”
—John O’Loughlin, University of Colorado at Boulder

“A quite innovative and very useful text that should reanimate some neglected debates within the field.”
—Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

“An excellent introduction to the importance of geography in the study of international relations. Starr reviews an extensive range of existing research in both geography and political science and provides specific examples of its applications to issues such as alliances, borders, and territorial conflict.”
—Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, University of Essex