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The Geopolitics Reader Paperback – 23 Mar 2006
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I could go on and on, but I just make one more example: CG often associates geopolitics with imperialism. But Kaplan for instance uses the concept as a critique of the Iraq invasion. He reasons that the terrain-specific circumstances disfavored action guided by idealism rather than careful examination of limits of military power. Many authors see geopolitics rather as a concept which is more moderate than conservative, anti-Communist policies and more realistic than liberal idealism (Gray/Sloan).
CG has therefore not much to do with geography as a natural scientist would see it, but rather it is about how geography is seen or perceived. Perception and ideology are not the only, but parts of many factors which need to be taken into account in the social sciences. I see the need for being "critical" in any way, who would disagree? But as I see it, CG is not really critical - the authors make rather a lot of noise instead of serious, material analysis. To one unfamiliar with the twists of postmodern philosophy, this approach must seem rather comical. I gave it two stars, because there are indeed some important texts in it.
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