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The Geopolitics Reader Paperback – 18 Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415162718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415162715
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 954,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This unique sourcebook gives an insight into the hardy perennials of spatial geopolitics while also identifying emerging varieties associated with environmentalism found this riveting reading: the A to Z of geopolitics, from classic accounts to emerging trends.

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Design and Audience
This book is an edited collection of articles and famous texts relating to the history of geopolitics in the twentieth century. It is aimed at an introductory to senior level undergraduate audience but can be profitably used in grad classes as an introduction to Critical Geopolitics. The book is divided into five sections: Imperialist, Cold War and New World Order Geopolitics (edited by myself), Environmental Geopolitics (by Simon Dalby) and Anti-Geopolitics (dealing with social movements edited by Paul Routledge). The book is illustrated with humorous political cartoons designed to amuse while educating. The text is suitable for Intro to World Politics and Twentieth Century politics classes.

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I purchased this book to use in the preparation of an undergraduate lecture. It is extremely useful in providing the significant source texts for much of the study of geopolitics. The first three sections of the book "Imperialist Geopolitics", "Cold War Geopolitics" and "New World Order Geopolitics" are particularly good.

But what I absolutely do not like are the section introductions by the authors, particularly those by O'Tuathail. These are bitterly left-wing and anti-American, well-nigh extremist. As a small example, the first Gulf War, according to the editor, was "a war fought to guarantee Western access to cheap petroleum and to restore an anti-democratic but pro-Western monarchy." Such a simplistic explanation (which might lead one to assume that the unprovoked invasion of the murderous dictator Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with it, and which also ignores the fact that it was neighbouring Arab states who led the call for the counter-invasion) is not worthy in a text book.

In short, this is a useful book in terms of its source content, but its editorial is quite shocking in places. Great to refer to for document extracts, but I'd never give it to an undergraduate class.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the 2nd Edition. 23 Jan. 2012
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I purchased this for a course I'm taking. I looked up the title and read that it was the 2nd edition. So, I ordered the Kindle edition which didn't list an edition number. I assumed it was the most recent because it was linked to the 2nd edition of the paperback version. The Kindle version IS NOT the 2nd edition. Now I've wasted almost $50 on a Kindle version I can't use and I have to buy the paperback edition that won't arrive for another week. Very poor Amazon. I'm Very Disappointed.
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