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Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

Klaus Dodds
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Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world: one that considers the links between political power, geography, and cultural diversity. In certain places such as Iraq, Lebanon, or Israel, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these danger zones - in Europe or the US for example - geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. For a countrys location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources all affect how the people that live there understand and interact with the widerworld. In this new edition Klaus Dodds takes into account several world developments that have occured since original publication, including the Arab Spring, the worldwide economic crisis, and the developing role of China in international politics.Using wide-ranging examples, from historical maps to James Bond films and the rhetoric of political leaders both past and present, this Very Short Introduction shows why, for a full understanding of contemporary global politics, it is not just smart - it is essential - to be geopolitical.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Dodds has produced an interesting, wide-ranging and insightful book that packs an intellectual punch into a short space... as a primer for new students interested in geopolitics, or those wanting to explore different, less conventional, sides of geopolitical analysis, it comes highly recommended. (Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Edward Stoddard)

About the Author

Professor Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London. Since publication of Geopolitics VSI, he has co-edited three books, Spaces of Security and Insecurity (2009), Observant States: Geopolitics and Visual Culture (2010), and The Ashgate Handbook on Critical Geopolitics (2012). He has also written The Antarctic: VSI.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4221 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 019967678X
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (26 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KQK8ZP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great crash course in geopolitics 18 Nov. 2014
By Gaurav Sharma VINE VOICE
Supply side oil and gas analysts such as myself, as well as traders of (physical not paper) crude oil contracts feel like tearing their hair when some speculator or the other hits the airwaves citing “risk premium”, “instability premium” or more correctly “geopolitical premium” as the pretext for betting up the price of oil no matter how much of the crude stuff is in the pipeline.

As we are currently witnessing one of those rare moments in the oil market history (over Q4 2014) when surplus supplies and stunted demand are pretty much neutering the speculators’ geopolitical pretext, you might wonder what the fuss is all about.

Make no mistake; while the selective deployment of geopolitical sentiments in betting on the oil price has always been open to debate, the connection between the oil industry and geopolitics is undeniable. And should you need a crash course, academic Klaus Dodds has the answer.

In his contribution about geopolitics for Oxford University Press’ A Very Short Introduction series, Dodds breezes you through the subject via a concise book of just under 160 pages, split into six chapters.

When covering a subject this vast for a succinct book concept with case studies aplenty, the challenge is often about what to skip, as much as it is about what to include. The author has been brilliant in doing so via a crisp and engaging narrative.

Having enjoyed this book, which is currently in its second edition, I would be happy to recommend it to fellow Amazon users. As Dodds himself notes: “It’s essential to be geopolitical” and amen to that!

However, please be mindful that it is meant to help you understand geopolitics and contextualise geopolitical influences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 May 2015
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Very good for quick points for exams
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 20 Feb. 2015
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Quite an interesting short guide - found it useful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor introduction. Amounts to leftist propaganda. 25 May 2015
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Apparently, "geopolitics" means the study of how America sucks.

Much ballyhooing against the evils of American hegemony, but not a peep about the human lives cut down by the sickle of communism in every downtrodden country it has swung through.

You'll also learn that " so much of American mainstream media is...politically conservative." Holy crap, Klaus. You're not just biased; you're woefully misinformed.
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