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Central Asia in International Relations: The Legacies of Halford Mackinder

Nick Megoran and Sevara Sharapova


The republics of Central Asia re-emerged as independent actors in the global interstate system in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, their varied histories and geographies offering many different possible opportunities and courses of action. In order to explain their often confusing and complicated foreign policy alignments, many analysts have turned again to the theories of Sir Halford Mackinder (1861–1947), the British geographer who is widely regarded as the founding father of geopolitics. This book explores this remarkable renaissance of Mackinder’s thinking, charting his own en ... More

Keywords: Central Asia, Soviet Union, foreign policy, Sir Halford Mackinder, geopolitics, international relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199327973
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327973.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Megoran, editor
Newcastle University

Sevara Sharapova, editor

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Sevara Sharapova, and Nick Megoran

Part 1 Mackinder on/in Central Asia

1 Mackinder

Brian W. Blouet

3 From Geostrategy to Geo-Economics

Sarah O’Hara, and Michael Heffernan

Part 2 How Mackinder’s Ideas ‘Travelled’ to the Heartland

Part 3 Explaining Central Asia Today Using Mackinder

8 The Heartland Today

Alexey Dundich

9 Mackinder’s Legacy Today

Gulnara Dadabayeva, and Aigul Adibayeva

10 The Heartland Fallacy

Levent Hekimoglu


Nick Megoran, and Sevara Sharapova

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