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Geopolitics and EmpireThe Legacy of Halford Mackinder$
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Gerry Kearns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230112.001.0001

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Geopolitics and Empire

Geopolitics and Empire

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Geopolitics and Empire

Gerry Kearns

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out some of the implications of this recurring set of relations between geopolitics and Empire, and notes that the relationship between imperialism and geopolitics was widely acceptable for Nazi Germany. It argues that there are differences of degree between Nazi Geopolitics, on one hand, and the political geography published at about the same time in Britain, France, or the United States, but the arguments made about force, exceptionalism, and the territorial imperative are similar. The chapter then takes up the broader question of the nature of imperialism and proposes that it is best understood as the practice of Empire, which refers to the ways that powerful states compromise the sovereignty of weaker states. These interferences and interventions may be arranged along a continuum from the heavy hand of Colonial Imperialism to the lighter touch of Liberal Imperialism, and the practice of Empire demonstrates a repeated switching between these poles. The chapter ends by describing the long-term patterns of imperialism within which the recurrence of interest in geopolitics and Empire takes place.

Keywords:   Empire, imperialism, geopolitics, Nazi Germany, Halford Mackinder, political geography, sovereignty

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