The Geopolitics Reader Paperback – 18 Dec 1997
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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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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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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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