Geopolitics and the Quest for Dominance

Geopolitics and the Quest for Dominance

Black, Jeremy
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/25/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-01870-0
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History and geography delineate the operation of power, not only its range but also the capacity to plan and the ability to implement. Approaching state strategy and policy from the spatial angle, Jeremy Black argues that just as the perception of power is central to issues of power, so place, and its constraints and relationships, is partly a matter of perception, not merely map coordinates. Geopolitics, he maintains, is as much about ideas and perception as it is about the actual spatial dimensions of power. Black’s study ranges widely, examining geography and the spatial nature of state power from the 15th century to the present day. He considers the rise of British power, geopolitics and the age of Imperialism, the Nazis and World War II, and the Cold War, and he looks at the key theorists of the latter 20th century, including Henry Kissinger, Francis Fukuyama and Samuel P. Huntington, Philip Bobbitt, Niall Ferguson, and others.

Author Bio

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is author of many books including Other Pasts, Different Presents, Alternative Futures (IUP, 2015); Clio’s Battles: Historiography in Practice (IUP, 2015); The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology Made the Modern World; War and Technology (IUP, 2013); and Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871 (IUP, 2011).


A germinal contribution to the study of geopolitics, international relations, and nation-state mechanisms for achieving predominance and hegemony in world affairs. . . . [It] is superlatively organized and written in eminently readable, clear, literary, and engaging prose. . . . Black has opened new frontiers of explanation and reference for future investigators.An extremely original work. . . . Black has his facts well in hand, and his interpretations are convincing.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Geopolitics before the Term: Spatiality and Frontiers
3. Geopolitics before the Term: Maps
4. Geopolitics of British Power 1500-1815: A Case Study
5. Geography and Imperialism: The World in the Nineteenth Century
6. Geopolitics and the Age of Imperialism, 1890-1932
7. Nazi Geopolitics and World War II, 1933-1945
8. Geopolitics and the Cold War
9. Geopolitics Since 1990
10. The Geopolitics of the Future
11. Conclusions
Selected Further Reading

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