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Political Geography: World-economy, Nation-state and Locality Paperback – 24 Nov 2006

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'...undoubtedly the best political geography text on the market'. (Environment and Planning, on earlier editions)

'Simply stated Taylor has written the best textbook yet to come out of the revitalised political geography.' (Progress in Human Geography, on earlier editions) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We live in a rapidly changing world in which politics is becoming both more and less predictable at the same time: this makes it a particularly exciting topic to study. To make sense of the continuities and disruptions within this political world requires a strongly focused yet flexible text.  This new (fifth) edition of Peter Taylor’s seminal Political Geography proves itself fit for the task of coping with a frequently and rapidly changing geo-political landscape.  Co-authored again with Colin Flint, it retains the intellectual clarity, rigour and vision of previous editions, based upon its world-systems approach. At the same time new theories and approaches are blended into established frameworks to provide more nuanced ways of understanding political geography today. Additionally, coverage of topical political issues in a clear and accessible format provides both a twenty-first century feel and stimulating material for students to engage with.


Reflecting the backdrop of the world against which it is written - this is the Empire and war on terrorism edition in which the processes of globalization are discussed in relation to the violent practices of terrorism and counter-terrorism.


Key features


  • Extensive coverage of and commentary upon the principal events and challenges of today’s world  - political violence and terrorism, imperialism, ecological disaster, economic inequity, and exclusionary and fundamentalist attitudes towards nationalism and religion
  • New case studies help ground the theoretical argument in the real world
  • Concise vignettes show events of key political importance as presented in the media
  • Mid and end-of-chapter summaries make the information more digestible and navigable
  • Activities to guide readers through their own exploration of the book’s topics


This fifth edition remains a core text for students of political geography, geopolitics, international relations and political science, as well as more broadly across human geography and the social sciences.



Colin Flint is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Peter Taylor is Professor of Geography at Loughborough University


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1.0 out of 5 stars Good book but...................... 31 Mar. 2003
By D. Schotman - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have read the book for school, when I had classes in geopolitics. An zich an amazingly interesting field of study. I only dont seem to understand why we got this in the geography faculty and not in the history one. Since this subject is one 100 % history if you ask me. If you like to learn something about nationalism, imperialism and nations, the working, the history and that sort of related subjects, this is your book. But I warn you Taylor surely is everything else than a plesant writer. He begins to explain things and goes on pages later, creating interuptions that are to large, so that sometimes the book was a bit to chaotic to me. The level of English was to scientific, although that Im not a native speaker, so most poeople would not find this a problem. I learned alot from Taylor that I can use in my field of history, but I had to take the course twice, and read the book maybe about 6 or 7 times before I began to understand what this was all about. And still then there is so much information in there you like to remember, that its impossible to do so.
If you ask me and you like to learn about geopolitics there were other writers that were more my cup of tea. Such as Machiavelli, Fukuyama and last but not least Samuel Huntington, all these books are easier to read and will privide you with alot beter insight in how certain things are working. I had my first class in geopolitics on the 11th od september. We talked all morning about power and how this was devided in the world, when I came home walked into the living room and saw the second plain crasing into the WTC. So quite an interesting way to begin.
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