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Geopolitics .. Re-Visioning World Politics, Second Edition - John Agnew

Geopolitics .. Re-Visioning World Politics, Second Edition - John Agnew

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The term ‘geopolitics’ came into use at the end of the nineteenth century. Thinkingglobally was then formally connected by geopolitical reason to acting globally, but theactual practices of geopolitics began much earlier, when Europeans first encounteredthe rest of the world.
identifies and scrutinizes the central features of geopolitics from thesixteenth century to the present, paying close attention to its persisting conceptualunderpinnings, novel turns and shifting impacts. The book focuses on four key conceptsof the modern geographical imagination: visualizing the world as a whole; the definitionof geographical areas as advanced or primitive; the notion of the state being the highestform of political organization; and the pursuit of primacy by competing states. Thesecond edition is thoroughly revised to take into account recent world events and whatthey augur for the future of the modern geopolitical imagination, including the possibilitythat understanding of the geography of world politics – and a new world politics – can be rebuilt on alternative grounds.Exemplified by topical issues such as the US ‘war on terrorism’, the rise of China asa Great Power, the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, US President G. W. Bush’sidentification of a global ‘axis of evil’, and the re-emergence of Central Europe as acritical geopolitical region, the book shows how questions of the organization of power combine with those of geographical definition and highlights the crucial geopoliticalcertainties from as recently as fifteen years ago which have now either disappeared or are in question.
 provides an invaluable introduction to current criticaldebates over geopolitics and world politics.
John Agnew
is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles.111123415678911012314567892012341115678930123456789401234567895012
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION‘John Agnew has long been recognized as one of geography’s most creative theoristsof the interaction between place, politics, and the economy. ... In this book, Agnew isconcerned with why the modern geopolitical imagination has had such a long-lastinghold on how the international political order is conceptualized. In other words, how andwhy did what eventually evolved into the standard principles of contemporary geopol-itics, develop? ... The book is well written, thoughtful, creative, and persuasive. Itshould prove to be an important milestone in the development of geographic thought inyears to come.’Fred M. Shelley in
 Annals of the Association of  American Geographers
(2000)‘... [I]t is an indication of the wealth of ideas introduced in Agnew’s study that eachchapter leads on to a detailed discussion of key elements of today’s debates around poli-tics, power and spatiality. The text is clearly written, coherently structured and attrac-tively produced.
deserves to be widely read by students of geography, politics and international relations.’David Slater in
 Progress in Human Geography
(2000)PRAISE FOR THE SECOND EDITION‘At a time when “geopolitics” is so often at the center of the news and academicdebate, this book provides a lucid historical and geographical study of the evolution of the modern geopolitical imagination. The book’s intellectual breadth spans from post-colonial critique of Western-centric global mappings to international political-economyanalysis of global finance. Through it all, the diverse ways in which visions of the“world-as-a-whole” have been deployed by powerful elites are carefully charted. Theresult is an exemplary geo-history of geopolitics and, as such, an important cautionagainst arrogant uses of the term in popular commentary.’Matthew Sparke, Associate Professor in Geography and the Jackson Schoolof International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle‘Concise and clear, historical and critical, this magisterial overview clearly shows howmodern spatial conceptions of the world underwrite politics, economics, states, identi-ties and violence.’Simon Dalby, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Geography andEnvironmental Studies Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario‘In a world of proliferating references to geopolitics, the “re-visionings” in this acces-sible book explore how and why there is so much more to geopolitics than first meetsthe eye.’James D. Sidaway, National University of Singapore

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