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Geopolitics and Empire: The Legacy of Halford Mackinder

Gerry Kearns


This book examines the relations between two phenomena that are central to modern conceptions of international relations. Geopolitics is the understanding of the inter-relations between empires, states, individuals, private companies, NGOs, and multilateral agencies as these are expressed and shaped spatially. This view of the world achieved notoriety as the scientific basis claimed by Nazi ideologists of global conquest. However, under this or another name, similar sets of ideas were important on both sides of the Cold War and now have a renewed resonance in debates over the New World Order o ... More

Keywords: geopolitics, Nazi, foreign policy, international relations, Empire, Halford Mackinder, ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230112
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerry Kearns, author
Professor in Government and International Affairs, and Director of the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA, USA